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Government continues to battle COVID-19 with $78 million distributed so far

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An eligible citizen receives his IDPoor payment from a Wing shop in Kampong Cham. Kampong Cham provincial administration 

The Ministry of Economy and Finance has announced that the government has so far distributed $78 million to poor families suffering from the pandemic.

Minister Aun Pornmoniroth said in a statement that in order to prevent the impact of the virus on the economy, the government has introduced effective intervention measures which focus on supporting the livelihoods of the poor and the most vulnerable as well as maintaining the balance of business in preparation for post-COVID-19 economic recovery.

“The government launched a cash support program for poor and vulnerable families has helped support livelihoods nationwide – distributing over $78 million to those in need so far,” he said.

“Meanwhile, the government continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on the poor and is ready to implement more social assistance programmes to maintain social-economic stability where needed.”

On Tuesday, Pornmoniroth also met with the head of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Markus Buerli at the ministry to announce $2.5million of funding from the Swiss government to support short-term skills training, agricultural development and home farming.

According to a statement from the Council of Minister today, the cash support program for poor and vulnerable families, pregnant women and children under two years will be suspended for five days from September 16 due to the Pchum Ben festival.

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