Aid and development

Japan helps Cambodia on environment issues

Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi announced on Wednesday that Japan will provide Cambodia with assistance to improve its urban areas, combat plastic litter in oceans, and fight terrorism. The commitment was revealed during a phone conversation between Motegi and Minister of Foreign Affairs and ...

Niem Chheng

China commits to share year-round water data with Mekong River Commission

China on Thursday signed an agreement with the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to share year-round data on the flow of its portion of the vital waterway amid concern that Chinese dams may be causing drought downstream in Southeast Asia. A push for more data from China’s ...

Reporting by Kay Johnson; Editing by Ed Davies, Martin Petty

KOICA grants US$11 million for Nam Ngum River basin project

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has agreed to provide a grant of US$11 million for a project to establish an effective water resources management system and enhance disaster response capabilities for the Nam Ngum River basin. According to the KOICA Office in Laos, the project ...

Denmark committed DKK35 million to support Myanmar’s 5 year Climate Adaption Programme

Coastal communities in Myanmar are extremely vulnerable to the impact of climate change and highly exposed to severe natural weather events such as heavy rain, storm surge, floods and cyclones. To help Myanmar respond to those natural challenges, the Forest Department, with the support from Denmark, ...

Zazithorn Ruengchinda

Australia Mulling Hefty Aid Injection for Lower Mekong Nations

The Australian government is reportedly preparing to bolster its aid programs in Southeast Asia, as concern in Canberra mounts about China’s growing influence in the region. According to an October 12 report in The Age, Australia is finalizing a Southeast Asian aid package that would inject of ...

Sebastian Strangio

China provides around $140 million in grants for development

Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong said that China has provided about $140 million in grants for urgent development projects in the Kingdom. The grant came as Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi gave a diplomatic note to the Kingdom at a meeting on ...

Ry Sochan

New US Aid for Southeast Asia Takes Aim at Chinese Influence

The U.S. government aims to take another bite out of Chinese influence in Southeast Asia with a partnership to aid five countries that traditionally tap Beijing for help, experts in the region say. The Mekong-U.S. Partnership, formed September 11, will give Washington more clout in Cambodia, ...

Ralph Jennings

Learning lessons from COVID-19 in Myanmar

Thaw Lay, a high school student from Yangon, the capital of Myanmar, knew that this school year would be unlike any other. “I was excited, but I also knew that things would be a little different, when school reopened later this year”, he recalls. Thaw Lay ...

Laos, EU discuss targets for trade in legal timber products

Representatives of the European Union (EU) and the Lao government have held discussions on an agreement on combating illegal logging and promoting trade in legal timber products. The issue was discussed at the fourth Joint Expert Meeting (JEM) on a voluntary partnership agreement (VPA) on forest law ...

ADB supports Thailand green bonds for Covid-19 recovery

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is assisting the government of Thailand in designing, issuing and monitoring innovative capital market initiatives as part of the country’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic in a manner aligned with the 2015 Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. ADB’s ...

Chito Santiago

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