CAMBODIA: Governance Reform Progressing, But Key Efforts Are Lagging
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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As one of the poorest countries in the world, Cambodia has received since 1993 over 200 million of assistance from the United States and over 3 billion from all other donors to help reduce poverty and foster economic growth. However, the United States and other donors are concerned that weak governance could undermine these efforts. In response, the Cambodian government has emphasized good governance in its reform activities, including transparent open decision making a professional, accountable civil service and the rule of law. Given the importance of good governance to the long-term impact of U.S. assistance, the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Senate Committee on Appropriations, asked GAO to review Cambodias governance reform goals in seven areas and the progress the government has made toward achieving those goals. The seven areas are public finance, military reform, land management, legal and judicial reform, anticorruption, public administration, and forestry management. As part of GAOs review, GAO analysts traveled to Cambodia to meet with government and donor officials.
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