The Foreign Ministry said today that the United Nations Population Fund will continue to work with the government to improve the health sector in the country.
Ministry spokesman Ket Sophann said that a call was made to Minister Prak Sokhonn by UNFPA representative Sithy Rizvina De Alwis to inform the ministry that UNFPA will continue to work with the government.
Mr Sophann said that the ministry welcomed the call and said that the government is ready to work with UNFPA’s operations in Cambodia in 2019.
He noted that cooperation with UNFPA first began in 2016 and that its primary focus lies in health and education.
“Ms De Alwis said that UNFPA aims to enhance its partnership with the Cambodian government,” Mr Sophann said. “She pledged that she will ensure the smooth implementation of all UNFPA programmes under the government.”
He added that under UNFPA policies, female workers would receive a 120 percent increase of their minimum wage for three months during maternity leave.
The government is set to conduct its nationwide census in March next year with assistance from UNFPA.
Though the national budget will be utilised for the census, UNFPA will provide technical assistance and some funding.