Cambodia and Sweden Discuss Cooperation for 2020-2024

The Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) held here on Tuesday a discussion meeting on the next Strategy on Sweden's International Development Cooperation with Cambodia for 2020-2024.

The Cambodian side was headed by H.E Chhieng Yanara, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister and Secretary General of the Cambodian Rehabilitation and Development Board of CDC, while the Swedish side was led by H.E. Ms. Maria Sargren, Swedish Ambassador to Cambodia, and Mr. Samuel Hurting, Counsellor Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Development Cooperation of the Swedish Embassy in Cambodia.

The main purpose of the meeting is to discuss the process for preparing the next Strategy on Sweden's International Development Cooperation with Cambodia for 2020-2024 as well as to exchange views on the future bilateral development cooperation, said CDC in a recent press release.

The next strategy will continue to implement and build on the achievements of the current strategy 2014-2019, it pointed out.

According to the same source, the draft strategy will be put into discussion with the Royal Government of Cambodia and relevant stakeholders so as to get further inputs and recommendations, and aligned with the national development strategies and plans of Cambodia, including Rectangular Strategy-Phase IV, National Strategic Development Plan (2019-2023), Cambodia Sustainable Development Goals (2016-2030), and Sector Strategies. As well, this next strategy will contribute to the implementation of Development Cooperation and Partnerships Strategy (2019-2023), which focuses on strengthening government ownership, promoting inclusive partnerships and development result. The formulation of the next five-years strategy is a testimony of the Swedish Government firm commitment to continue supporting the development process in Cambodia as well as reflect the well bilateral cooperation and partnership of the two governments.

It is worthwhile recalling that the Sweden's Strategy on Development Cooperation for Cambodia 2014-2019 was officially launched in August 2014 by focusing on three priority areas, namely (i) Governance, gender equality, and human rights, (ii) Education and Employment, and (iii) Environmental and climate changes. This strategy was extended its implementation until end of 2019 with total amount of grant, which disbursed by the Swedish Government, approximately US$125 million.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press