Cambodia and Germany Hold a Political Dialogue

AKP Phnom Penh, September 30, 2020 —

A Political Dialogue on Development Cooperation between the Royal Government of Cambodia and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany was held today.

The Cambodian delegation was led by H.E. Chhieng Yanara, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister and Secretary General of the Cambodian Rehabilitation and Development Board of the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CRDB/CDC) while the German side was led by Dr. Klaus Supp, Head of Division for China, Central Asia, East Asia, Laos and Cambodia at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) via video conference.

According to a press release from the CDC issued after the meeting, in the current context of the outbreak of Covid-19 across the globe, the bilateral governmental consultation this year was organised and proceeded through the new normal measures.

The main purposes of the consultation were to discuss the implementation progress and challenges of projects/programmes funded by the German government and the six new project proposals with a total amount of approximately EUR 26 million, which were requested by the relevant ministries/agencies to the German government for review and approval in the next Cambodian-German Governmental Negotiations in 2021.

In the meantime, both sides also discussed various aspects of bilateral development cooperation that mainly focused on three themes, including 1) Socio-economic effects of Covid-19 and response measures of the Royal Government, 2) Political and civic space, and 3) Sustainable forest management.

In this Political Dialogue, the German Government also announced its additional fund of EUR 7 million to Cambodia in contributing to the emergency response measures toward the impact of Covid-19 and the economic recovery measures of the Royal Government. This commitment is an addition to EUR 1.5 million which was committed by the German side in March 2020.

At the end of the dialogue, both sides highly appreciated and valued the progress of bilateral development cooperation and agreed in principle on both existing and new areas of cooperation in line with the fast changing of global economic context for the future bilateral.

The Political Dialogue is the final round of the Cambodian-German Governmental Consultations on Development Cooperation 2020 after the five Sectoral Dialogues were respectively held between Sept. 7 and 11 , 2020.

By Heng Panha