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When Ms. Vin Rattana completed high school a decade ago, her parents did not have enough money to send her straight to study for a university degree. But that was not the end of the road for her. She enrolled in a technical training school to learn how to fix cars.
Mine clearance operations supported by UNDP have just released 26.5 square kilometres of land for productive use by Cambodian farmers after it was cleared of landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) in 2014. The land is expected to benefit some 35,000 villagers – 54 percent of whom are women – in three northwestern provinces of Battambang, Banteay Meanchey and Pailin.
In July, UNDP launched the 2014 Human Development Report (HDR) globally from Tokyo, focusing on reducing vulnerabilities and building resilience. Cambodia’s Human Development Index (HDI) value for 2013 is 0.584 – which is in the medium human development category – ranking it at 136 out of 187 countries and territories.
Poverty has been substantially reduced in Cambodia but the country must continue working to strengthen social protection scheme to prevent the trend from being reversed, government officials and development partners said during a recent event to disseminate the Human Development Report 2014.
PHNOM PENH, 1 May 2014 – As it inches closer to lower middle-income country status, Cambodia should make sure its future growth is both inclusive and sustainable, and that it contributes to reduce, rather than increase, inequality, said Mr. Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific.
Phnom Penh – Cambodia has released a new trade strategy which puts focus on the need to improve skills of the workforce to boost the country’s export competitiveness and job creation in the future. Tackling skills gap is an urgent priority especially when the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community in 2015 is nearing. The regional economic integration, coupled with up to 400,000 Cambodian youths expected to enter job market each year, will present not just opportunities but also challenges to the country, government and UN officials said during the launch of Cambodia Trade Integrated Strategy (CTIS) 2014-2018.
Phnom Penh – Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has given US$ 3 million for mine clearance in Cambodia. The fund will be used to support various activities under the Clearing for Results Phase II (CfR) project, which is implemented by Cambodian Mine Action Authority (CMAA) and managed by UNDP, until the end of 2015.
Phnom Penh – The need to improve education quality and develop a skilled work force is the focus of the Cambodia Human Development Report (CHDR) which is planned for release in mid-2014. The report will be titled as “Investing in Human Development on the Road to Inclusive Growth.” Work on it is now underway following a consultation meeting that UNDP held with representatives of the government ministries and development partners on 8 August 2013.
Representatives of the Royal Government of Cambodia and UNDP have met recently to discuss a human capital study titled “Higher Education and Skills Framework for Industrial Transition.” The purpose was to collect feedback from the government counterparts and technical experts on the preliminary findings and key ideas of the study.
Phnom Penh – A trilateral agriculture project worth US$400,000 provided by China has been unveiled to assist Cambodia in boosting its cassava production for export. Senior officials from Cambodia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and UNDP in Cambodia signed an agreement at a launching ceremony on Tuesday, 21 May, formally kick-starting implementation of the China-Cambodia-UNDP Trilateral Cooperation Cassava Project – Phase II.
Phnom Penh– The Cambodian government says it is forging ahead with the drafting of a crucial policy paper designed to regulate and manage the country’s petroleum sector in the future. The Cambodian National Petroleum Authority (CNPA), on January 11, held a one-day meeting with representatives of relevant ministries, non-governmental organizations and United Nations Development Programme to obtain comments on possible improvement to the draft National Petroleum Policy Framework.
Phnom Penh– In cooperation with the Ministry of Planning, the United Nations Development Programme has recently held a session with representatives of development partners and non-governmental groups to discuss the use of new local development tools. These tools include scorecard on Cambodia Millennium Development Goals and sectoral scorecards on economic, social, environmental and admin security aspects of local development.
Siem Reap – When Siem Reap provincial town hosted a job fair in January, the dominant messages were: the province has a lot of potentials to reap benefit from tourism growth and reduce poverty level by improving quality of skills, education and access to accurate labour market information.