Dispatching working groups to support officials at the grass roots level did not diminish the contributions of the officials, said Prime Minister Hun Sen. Rather, they enabled local officials to find more efficient solutions to the problems of the public and contributed to political and economic stability as well as public order across the country, he explained.

Hun Sen chaired a June 19 meeting at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh to summarise achievements of the government working groups in Phnom Penh and the provinces and set new working directions for them.

He said that in the past five years, the government has accomplished remarkable successes, particularly in protecting macroeconomic stability amid rapidly changing complex and dangerous regional and global situations.

He noted that the government had encouraged the implementation of the reform programmes that are at the core of its Rectangular strategies. These include reforms to public administration and financial management, legal and judicial reforms, decentralisation and deconcentration policies, and changes to the structure of the armed forces.

“These widespread reforms have enhanced governance of the public sector and ensured sustainable socio-economic development,” he said.

He also explained how the government had taken stringent measures to bring the Covid-19 pandemic under control and restore and drive the economic growth that was curtailed by the crisis.

“One of the ways we did so was by strengthening social protection and assistance systems to help impoverished households and vulnerable people affected by the pandemic, soaring inflation and unseasonal flooding,” he said.

“Thanks to our policies, strategies and continual efforts, the government has maintained socio-economic balance and improved people’s livelihoods by restoring and stimulating economic growth as rapidly as possible,” he added.

Minister of Interior Sar Kheng described how the government assigned working groups made up of over 40,000 officials – more than 20,000 of them from the national level – to help people at the grass roots level across the Kingdom.

He added that for nearly five years, the working groups have made efforts to help the public.

“They hold public forums on a regular basis, so they can identify any challenges that may arise for the people and take steps to address them as efficiently as possible,” he said.