Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - US renews funding for SEA nations




US renews funding for SEA nations

US renews funding for SEA nations

A joint statement from Foreign Minister Hor Namhong, his counterparts from Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar, and US Secretary of State John Kerry announced a new “master plan” for the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI), a US development program in Southeast Asia.

According to the statement, the program will enter a new phase running until 2020, having seen investment of “over $100 million” from the US between 2009 and 2015.

Speaking at the ASEAN Ministers Meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, Kerry lauded the group’s progress in lifting the local economy and narrowing the develop-ment gap between Lower Mekong countries.

While details are not yet available, the statement said it covers the initiative’s “six pillar areas”: agriculture and food security, connectivity, education, energy security, environment and water, and health.

Representatives from all six countries also released a separate declaration on sustainable development for the region, calling it a“valuable blueprint for safeguarding the Mekong’s fragile ecosystems”.

MOST VIEWED

  • Sneaky simians mob man, snatch Covid-19 samples

    Monkeys mobbed an Indian health worker and made off with coronavirus test blood samples, spreading fears that the stealing simians could spread the pandemic in the local area. Indian authorities often have to grapple with primates snatching food and even mobile phones. After making off

  • Public warned of dengue risks amid rainy season

    Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng has issued an eight-point plan to destroy mosquitoes carrying dengue fever amid the rainy season. In a four-page directive, Bun Heng warned that while the number of dengue cases has dropped sharply compared to last year, it could increase

  • Thirteen charged in UK migrant lorry tragedy

    Thirdteen suspects arrested by French police over the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants in a refrigerated lorry in Britain have been charged with people trafficking, a judicial source said on Saturday. Six of the group – mainly Vietnamese and French nationals – were held on Tuesday in the

  • Cambodian Blue Helmet dies of virus

    The last rites for Cambodian Blue Helmet peacekeeper Sar Savy, who died on Friday at 63 from Covid-19 while on a mission in the Republic of Mali, will be held on Wednesday and Thursday at the UN base there. Cambodia’s National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces

  • World Bank approves $15M loan to upskill healthcare sector

    The World Bank on Friday approved $15 million to equip medical professionals with skills to ensure quality of care for better health outcomes, it said in a statement. The budget released by the bank’s International Development Association (IDA) will help the Ministry of Health’s

  • Ministry signs MoU to develop ICT training

    The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IT Academy STEP Cambodia (STEP) to further develop the Sisters of Code project. The project trains female students in computer programming, and enhances information and communication technology (ICT) textbooks