Cambodia Launches Stimulus Package For Poor Hit by Coronavirus Outbreak

Cambodia’s government on Wednesday launched an emergency cash transfer program for impoverished families hurt by the coronavirus pandemic, drawing the support of international donors, but criticism from observers who said the package is too small to be of much help.

In announcing the country’s first cash-transfer package, Prime Minister Hun Sen said it will provide funding to 562,686 families—or some 2.3 million Cambodians—who are classified as poor and vulnerable by the Ministry of Planning.

According to Hun Sen, the first round of the cash transfer will be distributed in the fourth week of the month in both June and July, at which point a government assessment will determine if it is still required, based on the situation of the outbreak in the country. If it is no longer deemed necessary, the remainder of the budget will be used to improve the economy, he said.

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