Alt text for imageMs. Vin Ratana, 3rd from left, checks her colleagues work in a car garage she manages in Siem Reap province. Her car engineering skills enables her to earn income and support her family in her hometown. (Photo: Munthit Ker/UNDP Cambodia)

UNDP will provide policy and capacity development assistance for the coordination of sectoral policies and public investments in human capital development, industrial policy, foreign direct investment, and trade strategy. UNDP will contribute policy advice towards the development of sectors with the potential to go up the value chains, expand skilled employment, benefit rural livelihoods and micro and small enterprises through backward linkages. Women stand to benefit from this transformation, as they are in vulnerable employment and make up much of the manufacturing work force, half of the agricultural employment, and most of the micro-enterprise sector. As part of trade sector development and trilateral cooperation, UNDP will assist the upgrading of the cassava value chain, with a focus on the priority MPI provinces.

These efforts will require collaboration with government ministries responsible for industrial and trade policy, agriculture, as well as education and vocational training, and with the private sector. UNDP will also seek collaboration with UNICEF and UNESCO on addressing declining completion rates in lower secondary education, building on the cross-sectoral dimensions of human capital development, industrial policy and trade strategy since 2011. 

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