About six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Cambodia has not been spared. Although the country has appeared to succeed in controlling the spread of COVID-19 — with just 10 active patients and no reported deaths as of July 8 — its economy is faltering. The World Bank has predicted that Cambodia’s economy will register its slowest growth rate since 1994. In particular, the Kingdom’s GDP growth is projected to drop from an average growth of 7 percent per annum to about 2.5 percent in 2020, and in the worst-case scenario, Cambodia’s GDP growth could fall by between 1 and 2.9 percent.
Despite the economic shock, Cambodia has been fortunate when it comes to fighting COVID-19. The country’s response efforts to contain the coronavirus have been strongly supported by both local donors and international partners. So far, Cambodia has received a variety of foreign aid and local donations to support its battle against the pandemic. There has been technical and financial support from different development partners such as Australia, China, the European Union, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, the United States, and Vietnam. Russia has also expressed its willingness to assist Cambodia in containing COVID-19. Other international organizations including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF have also provided both financial and technical assistance to support the Kingdom’s COVID-19 responses. In a sense, Cambodia is blessed with foreign aid and local donations amid COVID-19.