Aid and development

Multilateral development assistance

World Bank approves $93 million for Land Tenure Security of poor indigenous farmers

The World Bank has approved  $93 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA) for the Cambodia Land Allocation for Social and Economic Development Project III (LASED III). The project will help improve land tenure security and access to infrastructure and agricultural and social services ...

Sok Chan
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50738809/world-bank-approves-93-million-for-land-tenure-security-of-poor-indigenous-farmers/

Clean energy development presents challenges

With its aim to expand solar energy investment by 12 percent by the end of this year and increase it up to 20 percent over the next three years, Cambodia has been facing challenges of transiting to clean energy development, according to a case study ...

Sorn Sarath
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50737288/clean-energy-development-presents-challenges/

World Oceans Day prompts re-think a push towards a ‘Blue Economy’

The Asian Development Bank has renewed the push for Cambodia and the Asian region to refocus its efforts away from the current “Ocean Economy” and towards a new, more sustainable “Blue Economy”, as yesterday marked World Oceans Day. ...

Harrison White
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50731634/world-oceans-day-prompts-re-think-a-push-towards-a-blue-economy/

IMF: Gov’t needs to address long-lasting employment

Economic data released this week by the International Monetary Foundation (IMF) shows that the long-lasting effects of five previous pandemics and their economic shocks have much worse effects on the employment prospects for workers with low levels of educational attainment.​​ ...

Harrison White
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50722552/imf-govt-needs-to-address-long-lasting-employment/

Sharp drop in wages sent back to Kingdom

Cambodia is to join the ranks of declining overseas worker remittances this year after the World Bank projected global remittances will decline sharply by about 20 percent in 2020 because of the economic crisis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic and consequent business shutdowns ...

Sorn Sarath
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50717705/sharp-drop-in-wages-sent-back-to-kingdom/

UN agency springs into action to aid agriculture sector

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a global finance organisation and a specialised United Nations (UN) agency, has announced plans to work with the Cambodian government to leverage “a programmatic approach” to ease the economic distress and prevent food securit y stresses caused by ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50715086/un-agency-springs-into-action-to-aid-agriculture-sector/

IMF sees Cambodia registering a combined GDP growth of one percent this year and to expand to 8.5 percent in 2021

The International  Monetary Fund (IMF)said that the outlook for some Asia Pacific countries were much brighter, including Cambodia which is forecasted to have a nominal combined GDP projected growth of  1.0 percent this year before surging 8.5 percent next year. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50714379/imf-sees-cambodia-registering-a-combined-gdp-growth-of-one-percent-this-year-and-to-expand-to-8-5-percent-in-2021/

ADB-supported solar project on the horizon

A 60-megawatt solar station, supported by a $7.64 million loan from Asia Development Bank (ADB) is scheduled to be built later this year in Kampong Chhnang province, north of Phnom Penh. ...

Chea Vannak
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50714008/adb-supported-solar-project-on-the-horizon/

World Bank: Real-estate boom could backfire on economy

The World Bank has warned that the significant growth recorded in the construction and real-estate sector, considered one of the country’s economic pillars, could ultimately affect overall growth due to a trinity of unanticipated and now negative factors. ...

Chhut Bunthoeun
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50712701/world-bank-real-estate-boom-could-backfire-on-economy/

New GDP prediction is not optimistic

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has predicted that the real economic growth of Cambodia will reach 2.3 percent this year and will be around 5.7 percent in 2021, according to the newly released report on ADB’s flagship annual economic publication titled, Asian Development Outlook 2020. ...

Sok Chan
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50709859/new-gdp-prediction-is-not-optimistic/

World Bank approves $20M to fight virus in Kingdom

The World Bank has approved $20 million for Cambodia’s Covid-19 response and its strategic plan to combat the virus. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/world-bank-approves-20m-fight-virus-kingdom

A serious concern: Cambodians’ $8 billion microfinance debt

Impending COVID-19 health measures and high levels of micro debt pose a serious concern for the approximately 2.4 million Cambodians with a combined outstanding debt of $8 billion, according to a World Bank report released this week. ...

Harrison White
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50708402/a-serious-concern-cambodians-8-billion-microfinance-debt/

World Bank advises urgent measures to avoid serious financial shock and recession

The World Bank has released several urgent recommendations to Cambodia and other countries in the East Asia Pacific, stating governments need to act quickly, cooperatively and at scale to avoid serious financial shock and recession due to the COVID-19 outbreak. ...

Sok Chan
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50708028/world-bank-advises-urgent-measures-to-avoid-serious-financial-shock-and-recession/

GDP Growth to Shrink to 2.5% Amid Pandemic, World Bank Projects

Cambodia’s GDP growth this year could drop to its lowest rate in more than a decade, the World Bank projects, with some economic experts warning that the country’s reliance on international markets could slow recovery. ...

Danielle Keeton-Olsen
https://vodenglish.news/gdp-growth-to-shrink-to-2-5-amid-pandemic-world-bank-projects/

Public services get $7.67 million boost through World Bank grant

The World Bank has approved two complementary grants totalling $7.67 million to support social accountability in key public services such as health centres, primary schools, and local administrations in 10 provinces in Cambodia. ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/public-services-get-767-million-boost-through-world-bank-grant

Government pledges $2billion fund for economy

The government has announced they have prepared an emergency reserve fund of between $800million and $2billion to aid the Kingdom’s economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. ...

Chhut Bunthoeun
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50700267/government-pledges-2billion-fund-for-economy

UN agency to continue support for landmine and ERW victims

Unicef yesterday announced that it is committed in continuing support for the government and its development partners to reduce threats posed by mines and explosive remnants of war. ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50694709/un-agency-to-continue-support-for-landmine-and-erw-victims

Cambodia gets $118M in sovereign loans from AFD

Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) has provided Cambodia with a sovereign loan of 118 million euros ($121 million) for two projects – one to build the Bakheng water treatment plant and another to develop competitive skills. Minister of Economy and Finance Aun Porn Moniroth who ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodia-gets-118m-sovereign-loans-afd

ADB set to provide $1.45B to aid growth

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced that it will provide $1.45 billion to support a new five-year country partnership strategy (CPS) and help the Kingdom achieve its goal of becoming an upper-middle-income country by 2030, it said on Friday. ...

Thou Vireak
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/adb-set-provide-145b-aid-growth

Cambodia’s ranking in World Bank index drops once again

The latest release of the World Bank’s ease of doing business index puts Cambodia in the 144th spot out of 190 countries, a drop of six places from a year ago. The 2019 ease of doing business index ranked the Kingdom 138th out of 190 ...

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