The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Cambodian Rehabilitation and Development Board of the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CRDB/CDC) had a policy dialogue forum to discuss development cooperation for 2022 and 2023, while KOICA’s estimated grant aid to Cambodia for 2022 totals $20.7 million.

The forum took place January 11 via videoconference under the chairmanship of KOICA Cambodia country representative Rho Hyun-jun and CRDB/CDC secretary-general Chhieng Yanara.

The main purpose of the dialogue was to discuss KOICA’s activities in Cambodia such as past achievements, ongoing projects and plans for new projects in 2022 and 2023.

Also on the agenda was country training programmes for Cambodia from 2022-2025 and a requested survey of new projects for 2024, particularly discussions on the preparations for the inauguration of the ENT Centre at Preah Ang Duong Referral Hospital.

Rho said that between 1991 and 2021, KOICA has provided grant aid of approximately $316 million to contribute to the socio-economic development of Cambodia by focusing on four priority sectors: water management and public health, education, transportation, and agriculture and rural development.

The press release said that for the year 2022, KOICA’s estimated grant aid to Cambodia totalled to $20.7 million.

The press release also added that in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, KOICA has been actively supporting the Cambodian government in combating the virus as well as addressing its impacts since 2020 and in 2022 KOICA will provide 10 more ambulances and 83,325 rapid tests for Covid-19 to the Ministry of Health.