Sustained Inclusive Economic Growth Discussed at Youth Forum
CARM Senior Country Economist Jan Hansen on 19 March joined senior representatives from development partners and private sector to deliver a keynote address on SDG Goal 8 in Cambodia at the AIESEC Cambodia Youth Speak Forum 2017 in Phnom Penh. Participated by about 1200 students and university representatives, he highlighted the need to invest in basic education, and technical and vocational education and training to sustain the country’s rapid economic growth.
ADB highlighted its support to Cambodia's value chain ecosystem at 2017 National Outlook Conference
Cambodia Resident Mission (CARM) Country Director (CD) Samiuela Tukuafu, was a panelist at the 11th Cambodia Outlook Conference on 2 March in Phnom Penh, officially opened by Prime Minister Hun Sen, to discuss "Moving up the value chains for Industrialization, Growth and Development". CD Tukuafu shared his views on ADB's role in supporting the Government's efforts, within Cambodia's value chain ecosystem, to strengthen rural-urban-regional linkages, human capital development (both education and vocational training) and the financial sector. He explained that through the GMS program and ASEAN initiatives, ADB has helped with Cambodia's integration to the regional and global value chains. Other panelists were Dr. Seet Ai Me, former Minister of Education and Community Development of Singapore; Dr. Zhang Xinghui, President, Tianjin Sino-German University of Applied Science; and Mr. Steven Path, President of the ICT Federation of Cambodia.
CARM's 2017 Work Plan discussed
The ADB Cambodia Resident Mission (CARM) held its staff planning retreat on 17 February to discuss its 2017 work plan (WP) and individual staff work plans which build on and are aligned with ADB's Southeast Asia Department's work plan for 2017. CARM Country Director Samiuela Tukuafu led discussions on the key features of CARM's annual WP, expectations for 2017, and anticipated challenges with suggested solutions for successful implementation. Staff also discussed OIST's reform plan and its likely implications on CARM's operations during 2017.
Design and monitoring framework training workshop conducted in Phnom Penh
ADB's Strategy and Policy Department and Cambodia Resident Mission (CARM) jointly organized a training workshop on 13-14 February in Phnom Penh. Government executing and implementing agencies discussed tools and processes for building results-based management into the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of ADB financed projects. In his opening remarks, Januar Hakim, CARM Senior Portfolio Management Specialist, highlighted the importance of project design and monitoring for a successful project implementation.
Scaling-Up Renewable Energy discussed by Pilot Countries in Phnom Penh
ADB, the Climate Investment Fund (CIF) and the Ministry of Mines and Energy is co-hosting a meeting of representatives from countries participating in the Scaling-Up Renewable Energy Pilot Project (SREP). Participants will review progress and share experiences in implementing programs to scale up renewable energy throughout the world. The three day meeting, which commenced on 1st February in Phnom Penh, brings together more than 50 international participants from 24 countries. The meeting was officially opened by Dr. Bun Narith, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Mines and Energy. In his welcoming Remarks, Samiuela Tukuafu CD CARM noted ADB's strong commitment to ensure a secure, affordable and reliable supply of clean energy is available to the people in Asia and the Pacific region. Currently, ADB administers over $133 million for 12 projects in Asia and the Pacific funded by CIF to support global efforts to scale-up electricity access through renewable energy-based systems. In 2016, SREP endorsed $30 million for Cambodia in concessional grants and funds to be implemented by ADB.
Draft National Technical and Vocational Education and Training Policy Discussed
CARM Senior Country Economist Jan Hansen joined Secretary of State of the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and Vice-Chairman of National Training Board, Pich Sophoan on 26 January to deliver welcome remarks at the consultation workshop. In his remarks, he highlighted that education and skills development is critical for the future prosperity of Cambodia and the critical need for a better educated and skilled work force to maintain the high growth rates. Around 100 representatives from Government institutions, private sector, trade unions, research institutes, academia, and development partners provided feedback on the draft National Technical and Vocational Education and Training Policy 2017-2025.
Consultations held on agribusiness value chains in Cambodia
Jointly led by Veng Sakhon, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Samiuela Tukuafu, CD CARM - representatives from the government, civil society and development partners discussed prospects for enhancing competitiveness of agribusiness value chains in Cambodia on 10 and 11 January. In his keynote address, the Minister stressed the need to increase rural household incomes through climate smart agribusiness. CD, CARM in his remarks emphasized ADB's continued support to this important sector and the emerging challenges.
CARM Staff Discussed 2016 Operational Results during 14 December Retreat
CARM CD Samiuela Tukuafu led staff in the review of CARM's 2016 operational results based on the approved work plan. Staff also discussed ways to improve internal management arrangements, internal communications, training and knowledge sharing, and CARM's image and profile. A team building exercise was also held during the afternoon session.
Water accounting applied in five major basins in Cambodia
Using open access remote sensing data and hydrological models to calculate water productivity more efficiently, 40 officials from line ministries participated in a third workshop on 2 December to review the first results of water accounting in five major basins across Cambodia. Water accounting sheets, charts and maps illustrated how water availability and consumption patterns can be tracked and used in sustainable water resources management. In his welcoming remarks CARM CD Samiuela Tukuafu acknowledged ADB TA financed by the Government of Netherlands and training support from UNESCO-IHE.
ADB CARM co-hosts second event to mark ADB's 50th Anniversary
ADB CARM and the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), co-hosted an awards ceremony on 30 November for winning entrants in a nationwide essay competition targeted at University students to commemorate ADB’s 50th anniversary and its longstanding partnership with Cambodia. A founding member of ADB, Cambodia has benefitted from $2.84 billion in loans, grants and technical assistance. The event was officiated by the Senior Minister and Minister of MEF and ADB Governor Aun Pornmoniroth and attended by more than 200 guests from government, development partners, private sector, CSO, academia, as well as current and former ADB staff. CD CARM Samiuela Tukuafu thanked the Government and extended well wishes for the continued strengthening of this important partnership beyond the next 50 years. Read a brief background by the Country Director, the three winning essays, and view selected photos from the event