The Water Resources Ministry and the Asian Development Bank in Cambodia will implement two mega projects totalling $380 million to improve water management in the Kingdom this year.
According to a ministry statement, ADB Cambodia’s country director Sunniya Durrani-Jama met Water Resources Minister Lim Kean Hor on Friday to discuss the projects.
The statement said that the two mega projects are the Irrigated Agriculture Improvement Project and the Multiple Financing Facility on Irrigation and Water Resources Management Project.
It said that during the meeting with Mr Kean Hor, Ms Durrani-Jama said that ADB will continue contributing to Cambodia’s economic growth and provide aid to develop its water sector.
She said the bank will focus on water security, improving irrigation efficiency, flood mitigation, drought control, integrated water resource management for river basins and strengthening institutions related to the sector.
“These sections are set out in the Country Partnership Strategy 2019-2023,” Ms Durrani-Jama said.
The statement noted that Mr Kean Hor said he highly valued ADB’s contributions and support toward Cambodia’s economic growth.
He said that he believes the ADB is still one of Cambodia’s major cooperation partners, and the ministry is ready to continue working with the bank to make the management and development of water resources more effective and sustainable.
“For the water resources and meteorology sector, ADB has contributed to strengthening and developing institutions, capacity building, organising policies and regulations and managing and developing water resources such as irrigation,” Mr Kean Hor said.
On Thursday, Ms Durrani-Jama also met with Rural Development Minister Ouk Rabun and said then that ADB will continue to help rural people on clean water supply, sanitation and other development projects.
In December, the Water Resources Ministry called on the relevant ministries, institutions, local authorities and people, especially farmers, to conserve water because temperatures are expected to soar this year due to the El Nino phenomenon.
The ministry also requested provincial, municipal, district, commune and village authorities to cooperate to better manage existing water sources and said its officials have been taking measures to help farmers in areas where there are water shortages.