Regional Conference on Community-based disaster risk management and adaptation held in Cambodia
Nearly 170 participants, including representatives from the region and 18 senior government representatives from Zambia (participants in a South-to-South program), gathered in Siem Reap on 3 and 4 October for a regional conference supported by the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience. Participants shared experiences in using community-based approach to disaster risk management and adaptation and discussed approaches for vulnerability assessment, financing options, and early warning systems to enhance sustainability of initiatives on community based disaster risk management and adaptation. Samiuela Tukuafu, ADB Country Director for Cambodia, in his opening remarks, stressed the need for inclusive partnerships with communities in addressing the root causes of disaster risks and vulnerability to climate change.
Executive Director Mathew Fox Visited Cambodia
Executive Director Mathew Fox visited Cambodia from 13-15 September to meet Senior Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance and ADB Governor Aun Pornmoniroth; Governor of National Bank of Cambodia Chea Chanto; Secretaries of State of Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; and the Australian Ambassador in Cambodia. Acknowledging Cambodia's rapid economic progress, ED Fox discussed ways to further strengthen the ADB-Cambodia partnership in support of the country's economic and social development. He also met CARM staff and visited the Bavet City Solar Power Project, Bavet Industrial Park and the Cambodia-India Entrepreneurship Development Institute.
Regulatory Impact Assessment Discussed at Regional Workshop
ADB with the government of Cambodia jointly organized a regional workshop from 12-13 September in Phnom Penh titled "Towards Improved Good Regulatory Practice for ASEAN". The workshop included officials from Regulatory Impact Assessment Offices of Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines and Viet Nam, and practitioners from Australia and Malaysia. The focus was on sharing and exchanging regional experiences and best practices in regulatory impact assessment implementation. CARM Country Director Samiuela Tukuafu delivered opening remarks at the event.
CARM Briefed Students from Dokkyo University, Japan
Led by CARM Country Director Samiuela Tukuafu, CARM staff Sophea Mar and Chanthou Hem did a PowerPoint presentation on 4 September to the visiting 18 students accompanied by Professor Takashi Kihara, former Director of MOF, Japan and AMC Director of ADBI, on ADB's role and assistance in the economic and social development of Cambodia, particularly in the areas of human capital development, agriculture and natural resources. The group also visited two project sites.
Executive Director Shivaji Visited Cambodia
Executive Director Shivaji visited Cambodia from 24-26 August 2017. He met with the Senior Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance and ADB Governor Aun Pornmoniroth; Senior Minister and Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol; and Minister of Education, Youth and Sport Hang Chuon Naron. Acknowledging Cambodia's rapid economic progress, ED Shivaji was informed of the Government's strong commitment to work with ADB to enhance the economic and social development of Cambodia. He also met CARM staff and visited ADB project sites outside of Phnom Penh.
Cambodia Judiciary Trained on Environmental Laws
Over 100 judges and prosecutors nationwide participated in the 2-day interactive workshops in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap under Office of the General Counsel's Law and Policy Reform Program. Cambodia Supreme Court Vice President Chiv Keng and ADB Country Director Samiuela Tukuafu opened the national workshop on Mainstreaming Legal Knowledge of Environmental issues held on 21 August in Phnom Penh.
Implementation of Cambodia's Social Accountability Framework Discussed
ADB Country Director Samiuela Tukuafu spoke at the Second Learning Forum to review the "Implementation of Cambodia's Social Accountability Framework" on 11 August in Phnom Penh. He highlighted ADB's commitment to support the efforts of the Government to improve service delivery by sub-national administrations as part of its decentralization and de-concentration reform program. Over 70 participants from central and local governments, civil society organizations and development partners reviewed the findings of the Asia Foundation under RETA 8595 on the progress of implementing Cambodia's 2013 Social Accountability Framework.
Business Information Center for SMEs Launched in Cambodia
ADB Cambodia Resident Mission (CARM) Senior Country Economist Jan Hansen and H.E. Cham Prasidh, Senior Minister and Minister of Industry and Handicraft delivered opening remarks at the Launch of Business Information Center on 3 August. The Center will provide access to business support services to SMEs and is being funded by the Young Entreprenuers Association of Cambodia with support from the Australia-ADB Mekong Business Initiative. CARM Senior Country Economist highlighted ADB's commitment to working with both the private sector and the Government to improve Cambodia's business environment and competitiveness. Around 250 participants from the Government, private sector, and development partners attended the event.
Climate Change Adaptation Indicators and Gender Considerations integrated into Cambodia's Planning Processes
Led by H.E. Chhay Than, Senior Minister and Minister of Planning and the Secretaries of State for Women's Affairs and for the Environment, 90 representatives from the government, civil society organizations and development partners discussed on 27 and 28 June, Cambodia's progress in integrating core indicators of climate change adaptation and gender considerations in planning processes, and in ADB projects co-financed by the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience. Welcoming participants, ADB Country Director Samiuela Tukuafu highlighted the high priority placed by the Government to address climate change and natural disasters and the ADB's proactive assistance in this area. Watch video
ADB helps strengthen Cambodia's Disaster Risk Management
Led by Nhim Vanda, Senior Minister and Chairman of the National Committee for Disaster Management, over 120 participants discussed progress on a draft plan to better prepare communities for natural disasters. In welcoming remarks, ADB Country Director Samiuela Tukuafu explained the objectives of a joint ADB and Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction project to support national efforts to manage disaster risks and build capacity for disaster preparedness and response. The joint project will also help implement a Community Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation program.