The Royal Government has set out and strived to implement national policy of social protection
Samdech techo Hun Sen Said ៖ The Royal Government has set out and strived to implement national policy of social protection aimed at uplifting wellbeing and social solidarity, while trying to score maximum reduction of poverty. Through the efforts, the Royal Government has provided two systems of social protections – one to provide social protection to those living under and/or anywhere near the poverty line, focusing mainly on children and women in pregnancy, disables, and elderly people without someone to depend on. Another system is to provide risk protection on pension, health, occupational risks, unemployment, and handicap to those people employed in registered and non-registered economic sectors. The Royal Government has offered allowances for female workers delivering through social security fund, while implementing cash allowances to female with pregnancy and infants/children under two years old in family with equity or priority certificates to relive burden, improve livelihood and nutrition for women and children. The Royal Government has set up a Kuntha Bopha Fund to provide health protection with quality and free of charge for Cambodian children. The civil servants and armed forces are receiving their salaries increase from January through to April 2020. Those employed in the garment and shoes making sectors whose minimum wages was 182 USD, from January 2020 will have their wage increase to 190 USD, not including other advantages, especially those provided by social protection policy.
The Royal Government is placing high thought on lifting up livelihood of farmers through efforts to strive production, maintain stable prices and widen market access for agricultural produce. In the process of communal development, the Royal Government has provided gradual increase of communal funding while in 2020 each commune/Sangkat would receive in average roughly 122,000 USD, in which, funding for local development would be around 70,000 USD. This part of funding in the communal budget is to increase on a yearly basis. Until 2023, each communal/Sangkat administration would receive roughly 132,000 USD as its budget. Meanwhile, we have been working to decrease price and to expand transmission network of electricity and clean water, while offering a number of tax favors that are giving benefits to people with low incomes.