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Cambodia Resident Mission: Activities

  • 23 September 2020 ADB approves new loan to improve Cambodia’s public service delivery

    ADB on 22 September approved $29.35 million in financing to help the Government of Cambodia improve service delivery through key reforms in public financial management and decentralization. The Second Decentralized Public Service and Financial Management Sector Development Program focuses on service delivery in rural areas, where most of the country’s poor live. The program includes (i) a $20 million policy-based loan to support a programmatic approach to strengthening local governments’ fiscal planning and management, as well as public administration, and (ii) a $9.35 million project loan to build and operationalize the National School of Local Administration - a dedicated training center for local government officials - to improve capacity for subnational government.

  • 23 September 2020 ADB Holds Media Briefing on Asian Development Outlook Update 2020

    Cambodia Resident Office of the Asian Development Bank on 23 September organized a media briefing on the ADOU 2020 focusing on the Cambodia update. The Country Director Ms. Sunniya Durrani-Jamal gave opening remarks for the one-hour session. Country Economist Mr. David Freedman and Senior Economics Officer Mr. Poullang Doung presented on the economic outlook and answered questions from participating journalists. Journalists from ten national media institutions participated in the briefing. Social-distancing and related safety measures were observed throughout. Read news release

  • 11 September 2020 ADB approves $127.8 million loan to reinforce Cambodia’s national grid

    The Asian Development Bank on 10 September approved a $127.8 million loan to support the construction of transmission lines and substations to help provide Phnom Penh and three other Cambodian provinces with stable and reliable electricity supply. The project will also pilot the first utility-scale battery energy storage system in Cambodia, which will be funded by a $6.7 million grant. The grant comprises $4.7 million from the Strategic Climate Fund under the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program in Low-Income Countries and $2 million from the Clean Energy Fund under the Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility. Both funds are administered by ADB.

  • 24 August 2020 ADB supports ASEAN-Parties Against Corruption's anticorruption efforts

    ADB shared anticorruption measures to prevent and mitigate risks of integrity violations in COVID-19 pandemic projects at the ASEAN-Parties Against Corruption (ASEAN-PAC) steering group meeting. The 24 August 2020 event aims to establish and strengthen collaborative efforts against corruption among the parties. It was attended by more than 50 participants representing anticorruption agencies from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

  • 31 July 2020 ADB Provides Contract Management Training

    ADB’s Cambodia Resident Mission in close coordination with Southeast Asia Department Human and Social Development Division's Skills for Competitiveness Project team conducted a training on contract management for the staff of executing agency and implementing agency on 31 July 2020. The training will help project staff to better support and monitor contractors’ performance and increase efficiency in contract administration and record management system. Various issues and lessons learned from previous and ongoing projects were also covered. Selected participants from the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training, the Skill Development Fund (Ministry of Economy and Finance), and the Institute of Technology of Cambodia joined the training.

  • 8 July 2020 ADB approves $250 million loan for Cambodia's COVID-19 response

    ADB on 8 July approved a $250 million loan to support the Cambodian government’s COVID-19 response program. This includes health measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, provision of social assistance for affected people, and economic stimuli for adversely impacted sectors including working capital for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). ADB’s loan is being supplemented by technical and advisory support to the government for economic revival over the next few years. 

  • 15 June 2020 Celebrating Cambodia’s 3rd National TVET Day

    ADB has joined the Royal Government of Cambodia in virtually celebrating the 3rd National TVET Day 2020 themed “the TVET for a Better Life” on 15 June. The event aims at embracing and further building the awareness of TVET among Cambodian youth. The Royal Government of Cambodia and ADB recognize that Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) has a critical role to support Cambodia’s economic growth and diversification, sustain decent livelihoods, and build resilience to shocks including the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 2014, ADB has been working with the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training to bring Cambodia’s TVET system and program to a new level, investing nearly $175 million.

  • 18 May 2020 ADB supports Cambodia's efforts to implement tax integrity standards

    ADB held a virtual kick-off meeting on 18 May 2020 for the Technical Assistance Program on Mutual Agreement Procedure where 16 Cambodian tax officials learned how to further improve their tax dispute resolution mechanisms. The meeting helped enhance tax certainty against the backdrop of a digitalized economy and increasing trend of new business models following the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • 11 May 2020 ADB concludes 2020 Country Programming Mission for Cambodia

    ADB and Cambodia’s Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) held a 2020 Country Programming Mission (CPM) wrap-up meeting on 8 May. The meeting was co-led by H.E Vongsey Vissoth, Permanent Secretary of State of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and Sunniya Durrani-Jamal, Alternate Governor for ADB and ADB Country Director for Cambodia. Around 70 government officials and ADB staff joined the meeting via video conference and participated in discussions on ADB’s support for Cambodia’s COVID-19 response in 2020 and post-COVID recovery during 2021-2023.

  • 25 February 2020 ADB Executive Director Visits Cambodia

    ADB Executive Director Mr. Tony McDonald and Cambodia Country Director Ms. Sunniya Durrani-Jamal on 24-25 February 2020 were received by Permanent Secretary of State, Ministry of Economy and Finance, and Alternate Governor for ADB Vongsey Vissoth, and met separately with senior officials at the Council of the Development of Cambodia, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Education Youth and Sports, and Ministry of Public Works and Transport to discuss the institutional reforms currently underway in ADB. Mr. McDonald also met with the management of PRASAC, a prominent local microfinance institution, and representatives from other international organizations.

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