Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Swedes, Swiss give $15M for local gov’t

Swedes, Swiss give $15M for local gov’t

Swedes, Swiss give $15M for local gov’t

The governments of Sweden and Switzerland have pledged more than $15 million to the strengthening of sub-national governance in Cambodia from 2015 to 2017.

The agreement was signed yesterday morning by Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng, Swedish Ambassador Anna Maj Hultgard and Swiss Ambassador Rahel Bosch.

The Swiss government will contribute around $7.8 million and the Swedish government roughly $8 million towards Cambodia’s ongoing efforts to redistribute power from the national to the local level.

Kheng, who is also the chairman of the National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development, said the grant will enable the program to improve capacity for Cambodia’s district and municipal authorities.

Bosch said she wanted to see democratic decentralisation reforms materialise to “to ensure the equal access to quality services”. She noted that although Cambodia has reduced its poverty rate to 19.5 per cent, many still lack access to basic health services and steady sources of income.

MOST VIEWED

  • NY sisters inspired by Khmer heritage

    Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Cambodian-American sisters Edo and Eyen Chorm have always felt a deep affinity for their Cambodian heritage and roots. When the pair launched their own EdoEyen namesake jewellery brand in June, 2020, they leaned heavily into designs inspired by ancient Khmer

  • Schools drawn into Manet degree row

    Prime Minister Hun Sen stepped into the Hun Manet-Sam Rainsy war of words over the validity of Manet’s degree from the US Military Academy at West Point, set off by Rainsy’s claims that Manet had received a “second-class degree” or “honorary degree”. Hun

  • Cambodia records first Omicron community case

    The Ministry of Health on January 9 reported 30 new Covid-19 cases, 29 of which were imported and all were confirmed to be the Omicron variant. The ministry also reported 11 recoveries and no new deaths. Earlier on January 9, the ministry also announced that it had detected the Kingdom's

  • The effects of the USD interest rate hike on Cambodian economy

    Experts weigh in on the effect of a potential interest rate expansion by the US Federal Reserve on a highly dollarised Cambodia Anticipation of the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in March is putting developing economies on edge, a recent blog post by

  • PM eyes Myanmar peace troika

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has suggested that ASEAN member states establish a tripartite committee or diplomatic troika consisting of representatives from Cambodia, Brunei and Indonesia that would be tasked with mediating a ceasefire in Myanmar. The premier also requested that Nippon Foundation chairman Yohei Sasakawa

  • Kampot tourism quay ‘90% done’

    Construction on Kampot International Tourism Port – a 4ha quay in Teuk Chhou district about 6km west of Kampot town – has fallen off track, reaching 90 per cent completion, according to a senior Ministry of Tourism official last week. The project is now planned to be finished