Team building retreat held for CARM staff
ADB Cambodia Resident Mission held a team building retreat on 14-15 May 2019 in Phnom Penh to foster collaboration, engagement, and trust among management, staff and consultants. The group actively participated in team building exercises, which encouraged a culture of trust and constructive communication as these are the foundations of sharing information, ideas, developing knowledge and ultimately delivering results.
ADB safeguards and gender training held
ADB Cambodia Resident Mission (CARM) on 6-8 May organized a training on ADB safeguards and gender requirements for more than 100 government officials from line ministries that are implementing ADB-financed projects. In her opening remarks, Country Director Sunniya Durrani-Jamal highlighted the importance of addressing safeguards at all stages of the project from design to implementation and completion, and how gender equality was a core component of the inclusive development. The training led by CARM’s Gender and Safeguards Unit, and supported by CARM’s Project Administration unit provides a platform for participants to increase understanding of ADB requirements, and share experiences, challenges, and solutions to promote better performance during implementation.
Cambodia, ADB discuss ongoing partnership
Cambodia’s Secretary of State of Economy and Finance and ADB Alternate Governor,Vongsey Vissoth, and Director General of ADB's Southeast Asia Department Ramesh Subramaniam met on 25 April in Phnom Penh to discuss the partnership between ADB and Cambodia. Accompanied by ADB Country Director for Cambodia Sunniya Durrani-Jamal and ADB staff in Cambodia during his 2-day visit, Mr. Subramaniam also met Minister of Industry and Handicraft, Cham Prasidh; Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Tram Iv Tek; and Director General of Resettlement Department, Im Sethyra; and exchanged views on how ADB can further support Cambodia’s development needs.
2019 ADO roadshow reaches out to wider audience
ADB Senior Economic Officer for Cambodia Poullang Doung on 24-30 April led a roadshow to present the Asian Development Outlook 2019 at three leading universities in Battambang, Kampong Cham, and Siem Reap Provinces where the joint ADB-World Bank Public Information Centers are located. The knowledge-sharing campaign increased awareness on Cambodia’s macroeconomic status and ADB operations in Cambodia. About 450 participants, including local government officials, representatives of civil society organizations and the private sector, lecturers, and students attended. The presentation was followed by an interactive question-and-answer session. Questions raised included current account deficit, de-dollarization, income inequality, investment inflows, and ADB’s financial assistance to the private sector.
Asian Development Outlook 2019 launched
ADB Country Director for Cambodia Sunniya Durrani-Jamal on 3 April 2019 led the country launch of ADO 2019 at a press conference, attended by about 20 journalists. In her opening remarks, Ms. Durrani-Jamal addressed the global economic outlook and ADO’s theme chapter on disaster resilience, and how ADB is assisting the government in integrating climate resilience into development planning. ADB Senior Economics Officer Poullang Doung presented Cambodia’s economic performance, prospects and challenges, followed by a question-and-answer session. The questions raised included investment inflows, energy shortages, trade policy reforms, skills gap, solar power, and debt management. See news release.
Country partnership strategy 2019-2023 wrap-up meeting held
Cambodia Secretary of State of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and ADB Alternate Governor, Vongsey Vissoth, and ADB Country Director Sunniya Durrani-Jamal co-led a wrap-up meeting on 2 April 2019 in Phnom Penh to discuss how ADB can support the Government of Cambodia in addressing its macroeconomic and inclusive growth challenges through investment and advisory support, under the proposed strategic pillars of the new CPS 2019-2023. Over 60 people from line ministries, implementing agencies, and ADB in Cambodia joined the discussion on economic diversification and competitiveness; human capital development; green, inclusive, and sustainable growth; and governance.
ADB, Ministry of Women's Affairs co-organize Asia Women Leaders Program for Cambodia
The first country rollout of the regional Asia Women Leaders Program was launched in Phnom Penh. Women's Affairs Minister Ing Kantha Phavi emphasized the importance of collective and focused actions for advancing women's leadership. ADB's Chief of Gender Equity Thematic Group Sonomi Tanaka and Cambodia Resident Mission Country Director Sunniya Durrani-Jamal welcomed participants from 18 sectoral ministries and kicked off the core and master trainers' training program.
Cambodia Country Partnership 2019-2023 consultation with government held
Secretary of State of the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) Vongsey Vissoth and ADB Country Director for Cambodia Sunniya Durrani-Jamal on 7 March 2019 co-chaired a meeting to confirm key strategic areas of the next country partnership strategy (CPS) 2019-2023. The team of more than 40 people from MEF, CARM, Private Sector Operations Department and sector divisions exchanged views on ADB's priority investments and discussed ways to enhance development impacts.
Recruitment of consulting services training held
Over 80 government officials from the Ministry of Economy and Finance and line ministries participated in the training organized by ADB in Cambodia on 6-7 March 2019 in Phnom Penh. The activity aims to enhance performance of ADB-financed projects. Participants discussed methods for selecting consultants, evaluation of technical and financial proposals, and contract negotiation and management. ADB Principal Portfolio Specialist Joonho Hwang delivered welcome remarks and ADB Senior Procurement Officer Sokunthea Sok led the training.
Board members meet Cambodia Deputy Prime Minister, project beneficiaries
Cambodia Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Finance, and ADB Governor, Aun Pornmoniroth, and other senior government officials met ADB Board members to discuss development priorities and ADB support during their group visit on 16-21 February 2019. Dean and Team Leader, Executive Director (ED) Kshatrapati Shivaji, EDs In-chang Song, Shahid Mahmood, Kris Panday; and Alternate EDs Scott Dawson and Jin Lu, accompanied by Country Director Sunniya Durrani-Jamal, visited ADB sovereign and nonsovereign operations and project sites which included wastewater treatment facilities, irrigation schemes, a skills training center, and a commercial bank where they met project beneficiaries. In addition, they met with development agencies, representatives from the private sector, civil society organizations, research institutes, and staff of ADB Cambodia Resident Mission.