The AFD operates in Cambodia since 1993.

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In Cambodia, the main target sectors for AFD intervention are agriculture, infrastructures, the productive sector and vocational training.

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The projects


Sala Baï Program, or when the hotel industry works to combat poverty


The objective of the  French NGO “Agir pour le Cambodge”  is to open the door to employment for young people via career-centered training in hotel and catering activities. This project is supported by AFD and will allow the Sala Baï hotel school to expand its courses. 

Leading hotel school in Cambodia
The Sala Baï hotel school is a tremendous initiative of the NGO “Agir pour le Cambodge” . This free school was set up in Siem Reap in 2002 and trains nearly 100 disadvantaged Cambodians every year. 
These young people graduate with a recognized diploma cosigned by the Cambodian Ministries of Labor and Tourism. The effectiveness of this training is recognized by the main local actors in the hotel and catering industry, which guarantees them easier access to the labor market.
Training central to development 
AFD, which is actively involved in assisting the development of vocational training sectors and the tourism sector in Cambodia, is supporting the hotel school with EUR 500,000 of financing.
This financial assistance will:
  • Support the Sala Baï program for three years;
  • Give the school the means to diversify its courses;
  • Allow 150 students to be trained every year starting in the 2018-2019 school year, against a hundred or so today.
1,300 young people trained in hotel and catering activities
Thanks to this grant, Sala Baï will shortly be launching the construction of new boarding facilities to accommodate the 150 students in an area near the school and with optimal conditions of comfort and security. These boarding facilities are scheduled to open at the end of the year.
In 14 years, over 1,300 young Cambodians from disadvantaged backgrounds across the country, 70% of whom are girls, have benefited from high-quality vocational training in hotel and catering activities: a real asset to find a job!


Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority in Cambodia: a beautiful and endless story!


A new AFD contribution to the development of the drinking water network in Phnom Penh will enable an additional 330,000 people to join the network.


This loan supports the ambitious investment plan of the water supply authority by improving water supply to the inhabitants of Phnom Penh city and by reducing the unequal access to the service, especially in the peripheral areas of the city. Nearly 330,000 additional people will be connected to the network. Hence AFD continues to contribute to one of the most effective public policies for the capital: more than 85% of the urban population in the central districts have now access to drinking water.

The AFD signed a EUR 30 million loan with the Royal Government of Cambodia for the rehabilitation of the Chamcar Mon water production facility (52,000 m3 / d) and the extension of the distribution network. The signing ceremony was held at the Ministry of Economy and Finance, in the presence of its Secretary of State, the Director of the Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA) and representatives of numerous technical Ministries and the Embassy of France.

PPWSA benefits from a total of 87 million euros in loans thanks to this fourth agreement with AFD, which marks the tenth anniversary of a long and fruitful cooperation.

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Standing ovation for Tomorrow, 2016 best documentary French Cesar award, and for film director Cyril Dion!


AFD, in cooperation with the Institut Français du Cambodge (IFC), received film director Cyril Dion, for the film screening of Tomorrow, which took place on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd December at IFC.

The film screening gathered the public, Cambodian authorities as well as AFD partners from every sectors. Many questions have been addressed to the film director Cyril Dion in respect of sustainable development challenges.
Discussions, specific to the Cambodian context and situation, focused on waste management, renewable energy, part of local, individual and/or collective initiatives to fight against climate change, as well as actions from development partners like AFD…

AFD which is already active in sectors such as green energy, agro ecology, or water management in Cambodia, wants to accompany and support Cambodian authorities, at different scales of intervention, in the fight against climate change.

To reach and increase awareness of authorities, companies and the general public of Cambodia, AFD local agency of Phnom Penh has produced a DVD subtitled in Khmer which will be available at the media library of IFC. The film may also be distributed widely under a partnership with Cambodian authorities or others local’s actors- this is the ideal next step for AFD”

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