PHNOM PENH, Oct. 12 -- Cambodia planned to set up the first ever Civil Aviation Training Center with South Korean assistance in order to boost development of air transport industry and tourism, a spokesman said Saturday.
"South Korea agreed to provide 10.1 million U.S. dollars in grant aid to Cambodia for the project," Ek Tha, deputy director of the Press Unit of the Council of Ministers, told Xinhua.
Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Cabinet Minister Sok An and Baek Sook Hee, head of the Korean International Cooperation Agency in Cambodia, signed the project agreement on Friday, he said.
"The center will provide Cambodia with ability and mechanism to develop aviation human resources and it will maximize the aviation sector's vital contribution to the socio-economic development of Cambodia," Ek Tha said.
The construction of the center will start in the second half of 2014 in the eastern compound of the Phnom Penh International Airport on the area of 8,000 square meters, he said.
The construction will be completed in a year with necessary facilities for training airline staff, he said. South Korea will dispatch its experts and instructors to train Cambodian airline crew at the center until 2017.
Cambodia received 4.3 million air passengers in 2012, up 14.7 percent year-on-year, according to the data of the Cambodia Airports.