Cambodia: Capacity Development for National Economic Policy Analysis and Development Management, Phase III

Sovereign Project | 42356-012 Status: Closed


The CDTA to the Supreme National Economic Council (SNEC) is consistent with the Government's Rectangular Strategy, Phase 2, and the ADB's Country Strategy and Program, 2005-2010.

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Project Name Capacity Development for National Economic Policy Analysis and Development Management, Phase III
Project Number 42356-012
Country Cambodia
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7226-CAM: Capacity Development for National Economic Policy Analysis and Development Management, Phase III
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 150,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Economic affairs management

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The CDTA to the Supreme National Economic Council (SNEC) is consistent with the Government's Rectangular Strategy, Phase 2, and the ADB's Country Strategy and Program, 2005-2010.
Impact Improved the Government's ability to effectively formulate, coordinate, implement, and monitor key policies and strategies of its reform program.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome SNEC provides high quality analysis and advice on economic and social development policies and strategies, including with respect to regional economic integration, to key Government policy makers.
Progress Toward Outcome

SNEC's capacity in providing high quality analysis and policy advice for the Government has been significantly strengthened. Various key Government policies and strategies have been formulated with the assistance of SNEC. SNEC drafted the Rectangular Strategy Phase 2 (2008-2013), provided inputs for the National Strategic Development Plan Update (2010-2013), drafted the Rice Policy Paper to promote paddy rice production and export of milled rice, which was launched by the Prime Minister (PM) in June 2010. Further work to evaluate the impact of the Rice Policy to date is underway, including an assessment of the extent to which improvements in transport and trade facilitation along the Greater Mekong Subregion Southern Economic Corridor have supported rice exports. SNEC produced and submitted to the PM in the second quarter 2011 a policy note on exchange rate and inflation with policy options and preventive measures in response to the recent concerns about inflationary pressure in Cambodia.

SNEC is also being tasked with a key role to support the PM during Cambodia's assumption of ASEAN Chairmanship from Indonesia from November 2011 to November 2012. SNEC's support to the PM would include but not be limited to preparations of numerous concept notes, memos, policy analysis reports, and position papers to support the PM for various ASEAN related meetings and dialogues. This will include detailed assessments of the potential for regional cooperation and integration for ASEAN and for Cambodia and will draw together many of the regional implications of the research studies prepared to date.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Output 1: IDP 2015 is finalized.

Output 2: Economic development assessments and analysis, policy briefs, and preparation of policy agenda of the Government are prepared.

Output 3: Staff's capacity is further deepened in policy-oriented research and analysis.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

1. SNEC adopted the IDP in May 2010.

2. SNEC has demonstrated significant progress in research and analytical capacity. SNEC has recently published two books (i) Public Finance in Cambodia (March 2009); and (ii) Cambodian Economy: Charting the Course of Brighter Future (November 2009).

SNEC prepares macroeconomic assessments periodically for informing the policy makers and the international development community including the Cambodia Economic Forum (CEF) where for example, SNEC's Permanent Vice Chairman made a presentation on the post crisis macroeconomic developments in the 4th Cambodia Economic Form held in February 2011. Similar presentations were made in the earlier CEFs as well.

SNEC's role in shaping the Government's policy agenda has increased significantly through preparing/reviewing the Prime Minister's speeches and statements, and providing inputs on economic policy and strategy provided by SNEC's senior officials to the Prime Minister's office, agencies of the Government, and development partners. SNEC's officials are also regularly consulted on policy issues concerning fiscal management, international development, finance and trade, agriculture development, infrastructure, decentralization, and international relations, regional cooperation, and industrial policy.

3. SNEC's capacity in policy-oriented research and analysis has been further deepened. Under the guidance of the Economic Policy Advisor, 6 research topics were completed focusing on the impacts of the global economic crisis on Cambodia, and to recommend remedial policy measures including those to prepare for future shocks. One of these studies focused in detail on assessing regional cooperation in mitigating adverse impacts of the global economic crisis. The quality of research has been consistently improving with some major research findings presented at the 4th CEF in February 2011.

In addition to the above research studies, a design of an economic database system, including content and accessibility features was completed. Also, a research topic covering the overall industrial development issues facing Cambodia was commenced in the first quarter of 2011. The study aims to come up with broad directions of needed changes in industrial development policy making, and considers explicitly the issue of regional connectivity and value chains as key elements of Cambodia's future competitiveness.

The TA has provided support to SNEC technical staff and management to further build their capacities through their participation in training courses and conferences inside and outside the country. Activities, which have been carried out thus far included:

(i) Local training (English training) for five staff;

(ii) Training abroad: Two staff attended a program on Commercial Fundamentals of the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry in Singapore; one staff attending a course on Innovation for Economic Development in the U.S; and one staff attended a conference held in Singapore on Joint Development and the South China Sea to acquire necessary high policy analytical skills for the development of Cambodia's oil and gas industry.

Additional high priority capacity strengthening activities to SNEC being carried out until the completion date of the TA include policy support to Cambodia's chairmanship of ASEAN, rice policy review, industrial policy strategy, and macroeconomic assessment as well as training on RMSM-X macro-model and a study tour planned to expose SNEC staff to regional experiences in industrial policy making to support the preparation of the industrial policy strategy.

Geographical Location Nationwide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services One (1) International Economic Policy Advisor will be recruited for 6 person months of consultancy inputs (performing on intermittent basis over 36 months) including training, provision of supervision and guidance, and advice to the technical and senior staff of SNEC on macro economic issues, and other policy related matters. Six (6) National Consultants (performing on need and intermittent basis over 36 months), each on macroeconomics, monetary and fiscal policy, agriculture and rural development, infrastructure development, trade and regional integration, and private sector development.
Responsible ADB Officer Januar Hakim
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Cambodia Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Supreme National Economic Council
H.E. Hang Chuon Naron
208 A, Preah Norodom Blvd., Khan Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh Kingdom of Cambodia
Concept Clearance 10 Jul 2008
Fact Finding 13 Aug 2008 to 15 Aug 2008
Approval 12 Jan 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 04 Sep 2008
Last PDS Update 30 Sep 2013

TA 7226-CAM

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Jan 2009 12 Feb 2009 12 Feb 2009 31 Dec 2011 30 Jun 2013 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
150,000.00 0.00 250,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 400,000.00 12 Jan 2009 620,404.09

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