World Bank approves US$93 million loan for Cambodia; govt announces nine more imported virus cases

Ke Kim Yan (centre), Cambodia's deputy prime minister and chief of the National Authority for Combating Drugs, stands next to government officials as they burn illegal seized drugs during a destruction ceremony to mark the United Nations' "International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking" in Phnom Penh on June 26, 2020. - AFP

PHNOM PENH, June 27 (Xinhua): The World Bank has approved a US$93 million credit for the Cambodia Land Allocation for Social and Economic Development Project III (LASED III), said its press statement on Saturday.

The project will help improve land tenure security and access to infrastructure and agricultural and social services for landless and poor smallholders and indigenous communities in Cambodia, the statement said.

"Access to land, better agriculture practices and extension services to improve productivity as well as access to better public services are crucial for the rural poor," said Inguna Dobraja, World Bank country manager for Cambodia.

"LASED III will help the government to continue providing land and land titles to landless and land-poor families and to ensure land tenure security for indigenous communities in the project targeted areas," she added.

The project will cover 71 sites and communities in all provinces in Cambodia except capital Phnom Penh, the statement said.

It said the project will support building rural roads, small-scale irrigation systems, water supply and sanitation facilities, school buildings, teachers' houses, health posts and community centers.

The project will also provide technical assistance to implement climate-smart agriculture techniques, establish farmers' organizations for production and marketing activities, and manage community funds to scale up local economic activities, it added.

Through the World Bank's LASED and LASED II projects begun since 2008, Cambodia has allocated 17,000 hectares of residential and agriculture farmland to more than 5,000 landless and land-poor families, and 3,360 families have already received land titles, the statement said. In another development, Cambodia on Saturday confirmed nine new imported Covid-19 cases, raising the total number of infections to 139, according to a Health Ministry's press statement.

The latest cases included eight cambodians aged between 23 and 26 years old, and a 22-year-old Indonesian man, the statement said, adding that they all travelled to cambodia from Indonesia via a direct flight on Thursday.

"Their samples had been taken for lab tests at the Pasteur Institute of cambodia, and the testing results showed (on Friday) that they were positive for the Covid-19," Health Ministry's secretary of state and spokeswoman Or Vandine said.

"Currently, the nine new patients are undergoing treatment at isolation wards in the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh," she added.

Vandine said other 31 passengers including 16 Cambodians, 14 Indonesians and one Vietnamese have been put under a 14-day mandatory quarantine at various quarantine centers.

The South-East Asian country has so far recorded a total of 139 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 129 patients cured and 10 remained hospitalised, she said. - Xinhua
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