“I don’t want anything from all of you beside your efforts in law enforcement. I have noticed that some institutions or sub-national authorities haven’t fully implemented the law, but they have acted only according to the order,” said here yesterday afternoon the premier while presiding over the closing ceremony of the National Conference on Decentralisation and Deconcentration Reforms under the theme “Lessons Learnt, Experience, Challenges, and Future Visions” organised by the National Committee for Sub-National Democratic Development (NCDD).
Samdech Techo Hun Sen thus advised his officials to work harder in accordance with the laws.
At the same time, the Prime Minister urged his officials to delegate power to the sub-national level as soon as possible and reminded that checking capacity of institutions and ministers will be part of the reform in the forthcoming 6th legislature of the National Assembly.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen also expressed congratulations to the success of reform at the commune/Sangkat level, stressing that it is a key foundation for Cambodia to expand the reform process to the whole sub-national level so as to develop the sub-national administrations into an institution with full capacity and possibility for local development and service provision in response to the people’s needs.
The Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) has in the past two decades allocated some US$2 billion to the sub-national administrations to support their service provision and local development, according to a report of NCDD.
NCDD needs approximately US$1 billion for the decentralisation and deconcentration reforms from 2018 to 2020. For 2018 alone, the RGC has decided to give out more than US$430 million to sub-national administrations for their respective general administrative expenses and local development.
By Khan Sophirom