Provincial and local governments

Decentralization and deconcentration

Family and residence books put under commune control

The Ministry of Interior has announced that the authentication of residence books and family books will now fall under the purview of the commune instead of district administrations. A ministry press release entitled Transferring of the police chiefs in providing residence and family books dated ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Healthcare management transferred to sub-national level

The government on Monday issued a sub-decree to delegate the management of healthcare provision to sub-national administrations, which will be effective as of January next year. The sub-decree was approved by Prime Minister Hun Sen last Wednesday and signed by relevant ministers including Minister of ...

Niem Chheng

Sub-decree to transfer health services ‘closer to the people’

The National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development (NCDD) has approved a draft sub-decree to improve the provision of health services in a quality, safe, effective and equitable manner. ...

Mech Dara

Transfer of power ‘still slow’

Minister of Interior Sar Kheng said on Wednesday that the delegation of authority from national level to sub-national administrations remained slow, resulting in a lack of clarity concerning their roles and responsibilities in providing public services. Speaking at the 17th meeting of the National Committee ...

Mech Dara

Government reform policy a success

The National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development (NCDD) opened its two-day workshop on Wednesday, with attendees hailing its role in facilitating ongoing reforms in the way finances are administered and responsibilities carried out in Cambodia.​ ...

Voun Dara

PM: Ministers must delegate before 2020

Prime Minister Hun Sen has warned that ministers who do not delegate responsibilities to the National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development by 2020 would be removed from office, said Ngan Chamroeun, the body’s secretary-general, who is also a secretary of state at the Ministry of ...

Mech Dara

Government’s efforts to decentralise continue

In the past two decades, the government has transferred about $2 billion to lower level administrations in an effort to decentralize.The figure was revealed yesterday during the first day of a two-day conference on decentralization on Koh Pich. ...

Khy Sovuthy

Government hopes decentralisation boosts business registration

To promote the registration of small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs), the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft will begin early next year to decentralise the process by granting provincial government officials the authority to register businesses. ...

Cheng Sokhorng

Kheng scolds senior officials for seeking to keep power centralised

In a frank rebuke of members of his own party, Minister of Interior Sar Kheng yesterday accused national leaders and ministers of impeding the process of decentralising Cambodia’s government out of a desire to maintain power for themselves. ...

Mech Dara and Andrew Nachemson

Districts to be handed primary schools’ reins

Beginning this year, the Education Ministry will hand over management of 625 primary schools, 4,874 teachers and over 170,000 students to 14 districts in Battambang as part of a new initiative to decentralise and improve primary education. The districts will also absorb the management of ...

Kong Meta and Yesenia Amaro

Departments of Forestry and Fisheries to decentralize

The Ministry of Agriculture’s departments of Forestry and Fisheries will be placed under the control of the provincial agricultural administrations, according to an official letter released by Agricultural Minister Ouk Rabun on Monday. The move is part of an effort to decentralize government responsibilities and ...

Ven Rathavong

Hun Sen attends dinner, presentation in China

Accompanied by his wife, Bun Rany, Prime Minister Hun Sen continued his trip to China on Tuesday evening by attending a dinner reception hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to state news agency Agence Kampuchea Press. Mr. Hun Sen and his delegation of high-level officials ...

Simon Henderson

Governors of Preah Sihanouk, Ratanakkiri and Pursat replaced

The governors of Preah Sihanouk, Ratanakkiri and Pursat provinces have been replaced by Royal Decree, according to officials, with the first of the transfer ceremonies being carried out Thursday morning. Sborng Sarath, the governor of Preah Sihanouk province, was replaced Thursday by Chhit Sokhom, the former ...

Saing Soenthrith

Gov’t: village feedback to be used for reform

Hundreds of senior government officials will be dispatched to the provinces in the coming months to gauge public opinion on reforming state institutions. Almost 800 senior officials from all ministries will begin the project on February 15, state broadcaster TVK reported yesterday, following a meeting at ...

Vong Sokheng

Budget to share the wealth: official

The amount of money to be allocated to commune-, district- and province-level governments is slated to rise next year in accordance with the government’s long-gestating attempts at decentralising its power. Provincial- and capital-level funding will rise to about 640.8 billion riel, with 237.2 billion riel ...

Chhay Channyda

European Union Grants $54 Million to Cambodia

The European Union yesterday pledged to support Cambodia with three grants totaling $54 million, including one payment to help bolster the country’s ability to organize its public finances, officials announced at a press conference in Phnom Penh. “The E.U. will continue to support Cambodia with ...

City-District to Manage Self Budget in 2012

The government, this year, intends to transfer it’s budget to individual town district authorities, and to vouchsafe into their hands from 2013 onward, aiming to push forward decentralization, said an interior ministry official. The budget, of on average US$ 35,000 per year, is in process of being transferred to the individual 193 town-district authorities across ...

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