The government of Germany on Tuesday provided a $14.6 million grant aid to Cambodia to support various social development interventions in the nation.
The agreement was signed by Chin Bun Sean, senior minister in charge of Special Missions and vice-chairman of the Council for the Development of Cambodia, and the German Ambassador to Cambodia Christian Berger at the capital’s CDC office.
In a joint statement released yesterday, CDC and the German embassy said the agreement covered the provision of $14.6 million in grant aid to assist in the implementation of Cambodian projects namely, the identification of poor and vulnerable households, social health protection, regional economic development and the establishment of study and expert fund.
The projects will be facilitated by GIZ Cambodia, in close collaboration with relevant ministries and sub-national administrations.
“The support from Germany is well-aligned with Cambodia’s national priorities as articulated in the rectangular strategy,” the statement said.
The continued bilateral development cooperation, it added, will become an important pillar to not only strengthen diplomatic ties between the nations but also contribute to achieving sustainable, inclusive and equitable socio-economic development in Cambodia.
The recently signed grant follows earlier assistance in March from the German government, where it provided $1.7 million to the Kingdom’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan.
Planning Minister Chhay Than said that on Monday, he and delegates from the German Embassy visited Prey Veng province to examine the process of identification for families below the poverty line.
The assessment revealed that the families have applied for assistance amid the pandemic, with most of them already suffering from illnesses. As such, he ensured the successful implementation of the IDPoor.
“No one will be left alone during COVID-19. The government will take care of its people,” said Mr Than, as he called on local authorities to cooperate towards the realisation of the project. The collection of data regarding poor residents in rural areas is expected to conclude by month’s end.
Since the beginning of the countries’ bilateral ties in 1994, Germany has provided both technical and financial support of approximately $670 million to Cambodia.