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Swiss government to continue providing aid to Kingdom

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Pascale Baeriswyl meets with secretary of state Sak Setha. DAP News

The Swiss government will provide more than $4 million in aid to Cambodia for the Kingdom’s continued sub-national level reforms, a senior official said.

Following a meeting with Pascale Baeriswyl, Swiss State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Interior Ministry secretary of state Sak Setha told reporters that the Swiss government values the diplomatic tie between Cambodia and Switzerland.

“It was a productive discussion and both parties agreed we have a good relationship,” Mr Setha said. “On behalf of the government, I thanked her [Ms Baeriswyl] and the Swiss government for their support in Cambodia.”

Mr Setha said both sides discussed sub-national administrative reforms that has been supported by the Swiss government over the past three years.

“The three-year programme supporting reforms came to an end. Ms Baeriswyl said the Swiss government will continue [with a new programme],” he added, noting that the Swiss government will disburse $4.1 million for new programme.

Mr Setha said that during the meeting, he requested the Swiss government to offer support for the second phase of the government’s national plan by providing technical assistance.

“The second phase of the national plan will begin in 2021,” he said. “The second phase will last until 2030.”

“I explained to her what kind of support we need,” he added. “She said she will look into it and get back to me.”

The Swiss government has supported development in Cambodia in many ways.

In June, the Swiss government said it will provide $4 million annually to support the Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital until 2023. It also said it will continue to support landmine clearance in the Kingdom.

On Tuesday, Ms Baeriswyl wrote on Twitter that she visited the hospital in Siem Reap in order to pay respects to its founder, the late Dr Beat Richner.

“Since founded by Dr Richner in 1992, Kantha Bopha Hospitals have treated more than 16 million Cambodian children,” she said. “On Thursday, we open a new cardiac surgery unit in Phnom Penh. [Switzerland] is committed to continued support.”

Since 2013, Switzerland has provided more than $7 million in funds to ensure safe agrarian land for Cambodian farming communities, ensure the construction of homes and build necessary infrastructure.

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