Australia will provide an additional $40 million in development assistance to Cambodia over four years as part of a bilateral refugee resettlement agreement.

As a party to the Refugees Convention and a member of the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime, the Cambodian Government has expressed a desire to contribute to humanitarian outcomes for those genuinely in need of protection.

Australia will assist the Cambodian Government build a successful resettlement program and provide financial support to drive further gains in its economy.

The new funding will be targeted to enhancing the competitiveness of Cambodian rice exports, with an aim to boosting productivity through more effective and cost-efficient rice milling, and supporting the Cambodian Government’s plans for electoral reform.

The Australian Government will also continue to support the development of Cambodia’s capacity in land mine clearance.

This funding is additional to the estimated $79 million in bilateral aid the Australian Government is providing to Cambodia in 2014-15, for upgrading and maintaining critical infrastructure, accelerating agricultural productivity and supporting farmer households to increase their yield, and providing health care services for vulnerable communities in remote areas.

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