Phnom Penh (FN), Sep. 23 – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a USD 29 million loan to help the Government of Cambodia improve service delivery through key reforms in public financial management and decentralisation, especially in rural areas, where most of the country’s poor live, according to ADB's press release dated 22 September 2020.

“The project aims to help local governments across Cambodia provide sustainable, effective, and efficient delivery of basic public services, while also bridging the urban–rural divide,” said ADB Senior Public Management Specialist Jhelum Thomas.

“The project is much needed, as the coronavirus disease (COVID19) pandemic has seen significant numbers of people move from urban to rural areas. This will put more pressure on local governments to provide social assistance and basic services such as roads, water supply, and sanitation to support inclusive and equitable growth.”

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