NGOs urge transparency for $52 mil US donation for Mekong region

After United States Secretary of State Antony J Blinken announced the US pledge to donate $52 million to Mekong countries for development, NGOs have come forward asking the government to utilise the donation with transparency.

NGO Forum executive director Tek Vannara said that the donation will enable the government to have the technical capacity to participate in the sustainable use of water in the Mekong River, especially sharing information on data consumption of the entire river as well as promoting development plans in the Mekong River.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Koy Kuong told Khmer Times that it is not yet known how the donation would be allocated between the Mekong region countries, however, the budget focuses on the development of four sectors along the Mekong River.

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