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Sweden grants $2.7 million to boost transparency and accountability in Kingdom

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TI’s Preap Kol and Magnus Saemundsson from the Swedish embassy in Phnom Penh. KT/Siv Channa

Swedes  provide $2.7 million in grant to Transparency International Cambodia.

The money will go towards TI’s efforts in strengthening transparency and accountability in the government.

A signing ceremony for the funding was held Tuesday with Magnus Saemundsson, acting head of development cooperation at the Swedish embassy, and Preap Kol, executive director of TI Cambodia.

“Transparency and accountability in decision making, allocation of resources and service delivery are crucial for democracy and the protection of human rights,” Mr Magnus said.

“We believe that the programme will engage Cambodian partners with Swedish experts,” he said. “The programme will contribute to positive change in many respects, including anti-corruption, livelihoods and business climate.”

Mr Kol said he is grateful to Sweden and the European Union for supporting TI Cambodia.

“Increased accountability and transparency through demand-driven and evidence-based advocacy and dialogue are fundamental in the anti-corruption efforts and the public financial management reform in Cambodia,” he said.

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