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.
ADB Guidelines on Project Financial Reporting Mainstreamed
Over 80 participants from government executing and implementing agencies attended a workshop on Understanding ADB Guidelines on Project Financial Reporting, organized jointly by ADB and the Ministry of Economy and Finance. The workshop, held at Sofitel Phnom Penh Hotel on 23 June, highlighted the importance of financial statements and audit reports in ADB-financed projects, along with challenges in the submission of timely and quality audited reports, and recommended actions and timelines for improvement. CARM Senior Portfolio Management Specialist Januar Hakim provided opening and closing remarks.
Cambodia’s Financial Sector Development Strategy 2016-2025 Launched
ADB Cambodia Resident Mission Country Director Samiuela Tukuafu on 15 June delivered the welcome remarks at the launch of Cambodia’s latest Financial Sector Development Strategy (FSDS) 2016-2025. The event was jointly officiated by Aun Pornmoniroth, Senior Minister and Minister for Economy and Finance, and Governor to the ADB and Chea Chanto, Governor of the National Bank of Cambodia. Senior Minister Pornmoniroth expressed appreciation for ADB's continuous support to financial sector development and acknowledged the successful partnership between Cambodia and ADB. ADB has led financial sector development in Cambodia since 1999 and has provided four program loans to this sector since 2001. Cambodia's first 10-year financial sector blueprint 2001–2010, was updated every five years as the rolling 10-year FSDS, providing the long-term vision, objectives and framework to guide Cambodia in rebuilding and developing its financial sector. Watch video (in Khmer)
Cambodia: Enhanced Project Development using PPP Procurement Discussed at Workshop
ADB Country Director Samiuela Tukuafu on 8 June joined senior government officials to deliver welcoming remarks, highlighting ADB’s multi-year support for the government to develop a policy, legal and institutional framework for public private partnerships (PPP). More than 50 participants from government ministries and agencies, and ADB staff discussed basic principles covering PPP procurement, differences between solicited and unsolicited proposals, government responsibilities and the processes involved in the preparation and transaction of PPP projects with some international case studies shared. The staff from ADB's OPPP explained the services that they can provide and how the government can access resources from the Asia Pacific Project Preparation Facility.
ADB, Ambassador of Japan to Cambodia visit Viet Nam border crossing
ADB's Cambodia Resident Mission (CARM) Country Director Samiuela Tukuafu and Ambassador of Japan to Cambodia Hidehisa Horinouchi on Friday 19 May, joined the Minister Attached to the Prime Minister Sok Chenda Sophea, who is also Secretary General of the Council for the Development of Cambodia, in a visit to Bavet Industrial Park. The visit provided first hand insight to the interests of the foreign companies investing in this special economic zone, their needs relating to infrastructure (transport, energy, water and sanitation), and skills development. The party travelled through the Southern Economic Corridor Highway and visited the cross-border facility between Cambodia and Viet Nam. Both were financed by ADB under the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) Program. Read news | Watch video (in Khmer)
Key government ministers participate in Cambodia's 2017 country programming consultations
ADB's Cambodia Resident Mission (CARM) concluded country programming 2017 consultations at a wrap-up meeting on 28 April, co-chaired by CARM Country Director Samiuela Tukuafu, and attended by about 50 senior officials from the government and ADB. Mr. Tukuafu led an ADB team in high-level consultations with ministers from the key ministries of agriculture, forestry and fisheries; education, youth and sports; public works and transport; water resources and meteorology; rural development; and industry and handicraft. The government endorsed the pipeline for 2018-2020, lending modalities and programmatic approach in key country partnership strategy sectors. The ADB programming mission also met with development partners and civil society organizations.
ADB-funded offices handed over to district officials in Cambodia
Cambodai's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sar Kheng presided over a ceremony on 27 April to hand over 34 district administration offices and meeting halls to district councilors and officials in Kampong Chhnang province. The facilities, funded under ADB’s Decentralized Public Service and Financial Management Sector Development Project, will provide district councilors and officials with basic office space, meeting areas for local citizens and a place to deliver general public services. ADB Cambodia Resident Mission's Senior Portfolio Management Specialist Januar Hakim highlighted the important role of subnational administrations in interfacing with local citizens and improving delivery of public services.