The German embassy in Cambodia is cooperating with the government to assist in rural development.
According to a press release from the German embassy issued yesterday, more than 2,500 kilometres of roads, 88 bridges, 48 schools and 11 markets have been built across the country with German support.
German ambassador to Cambodia Ingo Karsten and Cambodian Minister of Rural Development Ouk Rabun yesterday presided over a ceremony to inaugurate a road in Kratie province.
“If Cambodia wants to succeed in overcoming poverty, we must not forget rural communities. We need to create opportunities for people living in the countryside, meaning they need better infrastructure, affordable and quality healthcare, schools and jobs,” said Mr Karsten.
“This is why Germany supports the government of Cambodia in improving the livelihoods of the rural poor.”
German-Cambodian development cooperation has improved the livelihoods of more than one million rural households. In project areas, the average per-capita income has increased by more than 50 percent.
Roads have been improved and can now be used year-round, including during the rainy season; transport costs have been reduced by 40 percent, making markets more accessible to farmers.
With its support to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and to civil society, Germany contributes to peace and reconciliation in the country, according to the statement.
“New roads and bridges make travelling faster, cheaper and safer. People can now go where they need to go throughout the year: schools, hospitals, markets or bank branches,” it said. “We found out that people save up to 40 percent on transport costs and time when using new roads.”
Lim Cheav Hav, director of the rural development department in Kratie province, said that in order for infrastructure in rural areas to develop, support is needed from donors and the government.
“Related with hygiene in rural areas, the people nowadays know a lot about building latrines and living in a clean environment. More infrastructure is also being built,” he said.