Cambodia, France Celebrate Quality and Diversity of Partnership

All stakeholders involved in the cooperation between Cambodia and France gathered here on May 11 in a conference organised by the French Embassy in Cambodia, the French Institute and the French Agency for Development (Agence Francaise de Developpement � AFD).

According to a press release of the French Embassy, the conference outlined the many accomplishments of this bilateral cooperation in the fields of education, health, sustainable development, urbanism, enhancement of Cambodia's national heritage.

France is one of the main partners of Cambodia today when it comes to the volume of the aid as well as the diversity of the fields concerned, underlined French Ambassador to Cambodia, H.E. Jean-Claude Poimboeuf.

Since 2014, the AFD has allocated around 100 million EUR of funds to Cambodia every year which makes France the fourth investor of the Kingdom, according to OECD's data. Cooperation between the two countries encompasses various fields: culture, infrastructure, vocational training, health, heritage, social affairs, the teaching of French as well as the enhancement of the capacities of Cambodian soldiers who take part in the UN peacekeeping operations. France is arguably Cambodia's only partner to cover such a wide range, he pointed out.

French cooperation also involves a diversity of stakeholders: Campus France (on university cooperation), Expertise France (on technical expertise), innovative NGO, French research institutes (Pasteur Institute, Research Institute for Development). Partnerships between local entities also contribute to the cooperation between France and Cambodia (Paris and Phnom Penh, the region of Occitanie in France and Battambang, the Departement of Hauts-de-Seine and Siem Reap).

The relation between both countries has deeply evolved and is now based on the principle of partnership, as was determined by the roadmap document signed in May 2015 on the occasion of the visit of H.E. Mrs. Annick Girardin, Ministry of State for Development and French-Speaking Communities.

Two agreements were also signed recently with H.E. Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Cambodia's Minister for Education, Youth and Sports on the co-financing of doctoral grants in science as well as on the teaching of French. Moreover, the AFD is working on two new vocational training schools in the fields of tourism and textile. These agreements demonstrate France's involvement in the training of Cambodia's youth and in the enhancement of the Kingdom's economy.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press