The Cambodian Rehabilitation and Development Board of the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CRDB/CDC) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) had a policy dialogue to discuss the development cooperation for 2022 & 2023.
The dialogue took place virtually on ZOOM on Jan. 11 under the chairmanship of H.E. Chhieng Yanara, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister and Secretary of General of CRDB/CDC, and Mr. Hyunjun RHO, Country Director of KOICA Cambodia Office.
According to a press release of KOICA, the main purpose of the dialogue is to discuss KOICA’s activities in Cambodia such as some achievements that were made in 2021 and plan for 2022, KOICA’s on-going projects, new projects for 2022 & 2023, Country Training Programmes for Cambodia for 2022-2025, and request survey of new projects for 2024.
The preparation of Inauguration Ceremony of ENT Centre in Preah Ang Duong Hospital (PADH) was also a topic of discussion on the occasion, it added.
On the occasion, H.E. Chhieng Yanara highly valued the achievements made by KOICA and expressed his gratitude to KOICA and the people and the Government of the Republic of Korea for consistently supporting Cambodia’s socio-economic development through the implementation of projects and programmes, as well as for the Kingdom’s fight against COVID-19 and for facilitating the economic recovery of Cambodia.
Mr. Hyunjun RHO highly praised the Royal Government of Cambodia, led by Samdech Prime Minister Hun Sen, for its efforts and achievements in Cambodia’s development, especially the well control of the spread of the COVID-19 and the achievement in providing COVID-19 vaccines to the Cambodian people and foreigners, especially the Korean people, who are currently residing and working in the Kingdom.
Since 1991-2021, the KOICA has provided approximately US$316 million in grant aid to contribute to the socio-economic development in Cambodia by focusing on four priority sectors including 1)-Water Management and Public Health, 2)-Education, 3)-Agriculture and Rural Development, and 4)-Transportation. For the year 2022, KOICA’s estimated grant aid to Cambodia totaled US$20.7 million.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, KOICA has been actively supporting the Royal Government of Cambodia in combating COVID-19 as well as addressing the impact of COVID-19 since 2020. For the year 2022, KOICA will provide ten (10) more ambulances and 83,325 Covid-19 rapid test kits to the Ministry of Health of Cambodia. In addition, KOICA is considering providing more ambulances to Cambodia this year.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press