The annual consultation was held at AFD's Paris offices and brought together the various technical ministries and AFD's partner public enterprises. It was an opportunity to recall the long-term partnership between Cambodia and AFD and to define the main orientations of the activity portfolio for the coming years. Through an agreement signed on this occasion, AFD reiterated its commitment to support the Kingdom's transition by pledging to finance up to 400 million euros of projects in 2023-2024, with priority given to water and sanitation, agriculture, energy and vocational training sectors.
AFD's strategy in Cambodia for the coming years aims to support the country in its low-carbon transition, to make territories more resilient to climate change, to improve its regional integration and competitiveness, and to promote the blue economy and sustainable water management. This strategy responds to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and integrates cross-cutting issues such as innovation, gender, climate change, energy efficiency and the "One Health" approach.
“On the year of celebration of 30th anniversary of AFD in Cambodia, we are delighted to welcome our Cambodian partners to AFD headquarters. This objective of doubling our new commitment to Cambodia up to 400 M EUR for 2023-2024 reflects our long-standing partnership, with AFD responding to the priority sustainable development needs expressed by the Kingdom of Cambodia.” said Sandrine Boucher, Director of AFD in Cambodia.
“We are delighted to see AFD’s expanding operation in Cambodia. As we transition into another phase of socio-economic development, we are seeing many more collaboration opportunities to address ongoing and future challenges together. We are also pleased to note the alignment of our respective development strategies and sectoral priorities, especially in water and sanitation, agriculture, energy and vocational training sectors”, said H.E. Vongsey Vissoth.
This reunion follows the meeting between Samdech Techo Hun Sen and President Macron in Paris and the visit to Cambodia of Mr Rémy Rioux, AFD Chief Executive Officer, which was an opportunity to reaffirm the good relations maintained over the past thirty years between AFD and Cambodia. Since its opening in 1993, AFD has financed 92 projects for a total of 927 million euros. Over the past five years AFD's sectoral portfolio has focused on water and sanitation (44%), agriculture (40%), energy (10%) and technical and vocational education and training (9%).
As a Group, AFD has two subsidiaries active in Cambodia:
- Proparco, which finances the private sector, particularly the financial sector, has 10 projects underway for a total of 143 million euros. The subsidiary works with banks and microfinance institutions on issues such as gender, climate and improving access to water and electricity in rural areas.
- Expertise France, which provides French public sector expertise to the Cambodian government and public institutions, including the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Economy and Finance or the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.