Government greenlights $14.4 billion public investment programme

02 Sep 2019  67 | Business & Trade Fairs

The amount is $9 billion higher than the last public investment programme approved by the Council of Ministers. The 2017-2019 public investment programme, which was approved in 2016, consisted of $5.23 billion to cover 519 projects.

Information from Agence Kampuchea Press (AKP), the national press agency, said the public investment programme for 2020-2022 was approved last week in a Council of Ministers meeting presided by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Chief government spokesman Phay Siphan said on his Facebook page that the programme will ensure the continuity of the Kingdom’s economic growth. Cambodia is one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia.

“The programme’s purpose is to ensure economic growth of around 7 percent per year and to further reduce poverty through investment in agriculture and rural development,” he said.

According to Mr Siphan, 53.8 percent of the funding will go to infrastructure projects, with the rest going to finance, social, and service sector projects.

The biggest spending will come in 2021, with $5.1 billion allotted. $4.5 and $4.8 billion were set aside for 2020 and 2022, respectively.

Citing figures from the Ministry of Land Development, AKP said that funding will go to 608 investment projects, 171 of which are ongoing and need additional funding.

These include major infrastructure projects like roads, airports, dams, ports, and bridges, and initiatives to develop the country’s fisheries, agriculture, health, and energy sectors, among others.

So far, according to AKP, the government and development partners have committed a combined $8.4 billion, with the government looking for another $6 billion to cover the cost of the entire programme.

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