Institutional strengthening in Cambodia


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Project summary  

There is a bright future for Cambodia as they continue to make progress and leave behind the days under the rule of the Khmer Rouge. With the country’s transport sector facing a number of challenges, including inefficiency and low connectivity of its road network, improving the livelihood of Cambodia’s people through enhanced road infrastructure remains a priority. 

VicRoads International was engaged by the Asian Development Bank on behalf of a Cambodian Government Ministry to support the development of a range of strategic frameworks and the creation of a business process to effectively manage the country’s road assets. 

The project aimed to strengthen Cambodia’s capability across three key areas:  

  • Developing legal, policy and strategic frameworks to implement the country’s road laws; 
  • Assisting with the implementation of a Human Resources Development Plan and equipping government personnel to better manage the country’s road assets and
  • Putting systems in place to reduce the frequency of overloaded vehicles. 

Project outcomes

A lack of funding remains an ongoing challenge to Cambodia’s efforts to improve its road network. By supporting the development of a range of bidding documentation, VicRoads has positioned the Cambodian Government department to relieve pressure on its financial resources and be more successful in its efforts to secure funding for road projects from external sources.   

Overall services provided by VicRoads International have strengthened Cambodia’s institutional and regulatory frameworks, with success across the project’s three key areas.  

VicRoads has established a positive working relationship with its Cambodian counterparts and is well-positioned to support the country with its future road transport solutions. 
Project outcomes include:

  • Confirmed the financial resources required for the road sector until 2025 and identified opportunities for funding beyond this time;
  • Updated the department’s Human Resource Development Plan and improved capacity for gender equality across the transport sector;
  • Created a strategy around using the expertise of the private sector for road maintenance and thereby freeing up government resources for other transport sector tasks;
  • Improved the internal calibration process for weigh scales used to measure vehicle axle loads and
  • Developed recommendations for economical technologies that can be used to cut the rate of vehicle overloading to reduce damage to Cambodia’s roads.

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