Aid and development

Bilateral development assistance

European Union disburses 59.693 billion MMK in support of education in Myanmar

Today, the European Union (EU) disbursed €37.625 million [59.693billion MMK] to further support education reform in Myanmar. The grant is paid earlier than planned to help the Government address the exceptional needs that arose due to COVID-19 and ensure a safe return to school for ...

Japan to give Mekong countries $115 mln for Covid-19 fight, sustainable development

Vietnam and four other countries in the Mekong region will receive Japanese aid worth $115.3 million to combat Covid-19 and work for sustainable development. Japan announced the decision at the 13th Mekong-Japan Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held online on Thursday and co-chaired by Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister ...

Viet Anh

Gov’t, USAID Criticized for Inaction Over Severe Forest Loss at Prey Lang Sanctuary

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen released an open letter Thursday reporting a 73 percent increase in deforestation in 2019 at the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary, compared to 2018, while criticizing the government’s ban on certain patrolling operations. The University of Copenhagen’s open letter used data ...

Sun Narin, VOA Khmer

US gives $56 mln to support Kingdom

The US government has provided a total of $56 million to support Cambodia’s social and economy development programme in 2020, including $18 million to promote the Kingdom’s agriculture sector, according to a joint statement. The Cambodian  government, through the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) ...

Sorn Sarath

The Mekong subregion in Beijing’s strategic calculus

The strategically vital Mekong subregion has been gaining salience in Beijing’s strategic calculations as China faces growing pushback from the US and other countries. The global pandemic appears to be consolidating a few trends in China’s ties with the Mekong nations. In this emerging scenario, it is likely ...

K. YHOME

Sweden cancels aid to Cambodia, shifting focus to civil society

The Swedish government announced today it will cease providing development assistance, starting from July 1, and will redirect its focus to human rights, democracy and the rule of law. According to a press release issued by the Embassy of Sweden in Phnom Penh, the decision was ...

Vietnam-EU Trade: EVFTA Ratified by Vietnam’s National Assembly

Highlights: Vietnam’s National Assembly on June 8 ratified the EVFTA and the EVIPA agreements between Vietnam and the EU. Analysts hope the trade deal will give a much-needed boost to Vietnam’s economy as it looks to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The agreement is expected to take effect sometime ...

Dezan Shira & Associates

Transnational trust trumps trafficking

Early on the morning of January 8, a team from the Wildlife Inspection Unit in Chiang Kong, Chiang Rai province, Thailand, was conducting a search at the Bann Jam Pong morning market. They had been sent there by Wachirayut Kietthibudr, head of the Wildlife Inspection ...

MIA SIGNS

WWF Contributes to the Development of Viet Nam Timber Legality Assurance System - a Critical Step in Promoting Legal Timber Supply Chains

In an effort to ensure the legality of its entire timber supply chain and exports, Viet Nam has developed a draft Timber Legality Assurance System (VNTLAS) Decree to go into effect later this year. VNTLAS is a part of Viet Nam’s Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with ...

JICA to commence studies for deep-sea port at Dawei SEZ

The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA)  will commence preliminary studies for the construction of a deep-sea port at Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) this year, officials of the Dawei SEZ Committee said. “JICA first proposed the study in December 2019 but the process was waylaid by ...

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