Davos (FN), Jan. 18 – The Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Samantha Power announced to further assist Cambodia in education and environment and praised the kingdom's efforts in reducing infectious diseases and child mortality.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet received a courtesy call by the USAID administrator on 17 January 2024 in Davos, Switzerland.

Samantha Power thanked Samdech Thipadei for allowing her and the delegation to pay a courtesy call. She also briefed the progress of USAID in Cambodia. Particularly, the cooperation in education sector and early childhood protection between USAID and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports in promoting education, sanitation, and enhance school facilities for young children.

In addition, Samantha Power also commended the Royal Government for its efforts to reduce infectious diseases and infant and child mortality under the age of five. She reaffirmed the continuation of existing cooperation and continued support for education and the environment, focusing on biodiversity conservation, ecosystem protection and community improvement in Cambodia.

For his part, Samdech Thipadei Hun Manet expressed his appreciation for USAID's cooperation projects in Cambodia and highly appreciated USAID's support and assistance that has contributed to Cambodia's socio-economic development.

Samdech Thipadei also thanked the US Government for its decision to continue to grant USD 18 million in assistance through USAID to Cambodia. This announcement was made during a meeting with the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs of the US Victoria Nuland during the United Nations General Assembly in New York in late 2023.