The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors Friday approved a $100 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA) for the Cambodia Road Connectivity Improvement Project.
The project will enhance rural communities’ access to critical services, such as health centers, referral hospitals, schools and markets, through the improvement of climate-resilient rural roads. By improving selected sections of national and provincial roads, it will also reduce transportation costs and road disruption risks, helping to facilitate agriculture supply chains and tourism development.
Access to health and school facilities and moving goods to markets, in particular during the rainy season, has posted great challenges for Cambodian people in rural areas, said Inguna Dobraja, World Bank Country Manager for Cambodia.
“The new project continues our commitment to support the development of Cambodia’s road infrastructure. It will help better connect people to services, reduce disruptions, and generate jobs for local communities during road construction, thus supporting economic recovery.” Dobraja said.
The project will also support the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and the Ministry of Rural Development, two implementing agencies, with critical institutional development.
This includes developing a resilient rural road financing strategy, supporting road safety improvements, supporting two ministries with implementation of their gender mainstreaming action plans, and managing performance-based contracts for road maintenance to improve infrastructure sustainability.
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