An aerial view of the Ministry of Economy and Finance posted to its Facebook page.

Finance Ministry Budget Spikes in Reshuffled State Spending

The Finance Ministry has been given a sixfold increase in its budget this year that was explained broadly in state documents as a reallocation of unclassified spending, raising concerns over a lack of transparency in national expenditures.

Workers repair part of a sidewalk in central Sihanoukville on December 2, 2020. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Gov’t Promotes Land-for-Infrastructure Deals Amid Shrinking Budget

A policy of “using palm leaves to package palm sugar” will help the government save costs amid a decline in revenues due to Covid-19 — or, in other words, using available resources like swapping state land with investors to support needs like road-building, an official said.