Extending access to water
Developing the rice industry
Improving working conditions in the textile sector
The Kingdom of Cambodia, a Southeast Asian country, has some 15.8 million inhabitants, with 80% living in rural areas.
The country has a particularly dynamic growth rate: over the past two decades, it has been around the 8% mark – one of the highest in the world. This dynamism has been combined with a significant reduction in the poverty level, from 45% to 17% between 2004 and 2012.
Cambodia has opted for a resolutely open economic policy, integrated into the global economy. Yet the fundamentals of growth remain fragile: infrastructure (transport, water, electricity) is not sufficiently developed, the economy is not sufficiently diversified. The country does, however, have potential with high added value: tourism, the textile industry and agribusiness.
AFD has been a partner of Cambodia since 1993 and supports the country in two structural areas: promoting balanced territorial development and supporting the environmental and social aspects of the productive sector. It has a wide range of tools for this purpose: technical assistance, grants, loans to the State, loans to companies and local authorities, ARIZ guarantees.