World Bank Vice President for the East Asia and Pacific Region, Mr. James W. Adams, was in Phnom Penh on Thursday, August 27 and Friday, August 28, 2009 for meetings with senior government officials, development partners, and representatives from NGOs, research institutes and the private sector.
This was part of a regional visit that takes in Cambodia, Timor-Leste and China. Mr. Adams visited Cambodia to discuss and review the status of the World Bank’s support program in Cambodia, particularly in the areas of land reform, decentralization and deconcentration, public financial management, and private sector development.
Mr. Adams discussed with senior government officials the impact of the global economic crisis on the region in general and on Cambodia in particular, and measures to mitigate the impact of the crisis, especially on Cambodia’s most vulnerable people.
A major focus of the visit was Cambodia’s urban land sector and the increasing numbers of disputes and evictions of poor people in urban settlements. This included discussion of the report from the enhanced review of the Land Management and Administration Project (LMAP), which was undertaken in response to questions raised about a possible link between the project and these disputes.
The discussions on land reform were constructive and it was agreed to continue these discussions over the coming week to agree next steps.