The Embassy of Sweden in Phnom Penh has signed a new agreement with Transparency International Cambodia (TI Cambodia) to strengthen transparency and accountability of the Cambodian government. The activities aim at improving compliance with anti-corruption laws. The three-year agreement is a grant of SEK 25.5 million (approximately US 2.7 million dollar).
The European Union, together with Sweden, cooperate with partners in Cambodia to strengthening the demand for and supply of public transparency and accountability in the public sector. This is done through the Partnership for Accountability and Transparency in Cambodia 2020-2022 (PAT II). The overall goal of PAT II is to create an enabling environment for the Public Financial Management reform. This should be done through institutional capacity development.
“Transparency and accountability in decision making, allocation of resources, and service delivery are crucial for democracy and protection of human rights. We believe that the programme, with engaged Cambodian partners and expertise from Swedish authorities, will contribute to positive change in many respects: anti-corruption, livelihoods, and business climate. This is in line with priorities formulated by the Royal Government of Cambodia.” said Mr Magnus Saemundsson, Acting Head of Development Cooperation at the Embassy.
TI Cambodia’s role is to increase awareness around corruption as a development challenge in the Cambodian society. The core support provided to TI Cambodia will contribute to the implementation of its three year strategic plan “Collective Actions Against Corruption 2020-2022”. The plan includes five key components addressing Public Sector Engagement and Coalition Building, Citizen and Youth Empowerment, Business Integrity, Governance Foundation and Capacity Development, and Research and Business Development.
“Increased accountability and transparency through demand-driven and evidence-based advocacy and dialogue is fundamental in the anti-corruption efforts and the Public Financial Management reform in Cambodia. We are grateful to the people of Sweden and the European Union for supporting TI Cambodia as a long-term partner under the Partnership for Accountability and Transparency” said Mr Kol Preap, Executive Director of TI Cambodia.
The PAT programme is designed to complement EU’s sector budget support to the Public Financial Management reform by providing technical assistance to government institutions that work with the mobilisation of tax revenues, statistics, public financial management, transparency and accountability. The Cambodian partners in PAT II programme are the National Institute of Statistics (NIS), the General Department of Taxation (GDT), the Parliamentary Institute of Cambodia (PIC) and Transparency International Cambodia (TI Cambodia).