II. PROGRESS REPORTED
BY TECHNICAL WORKING GROUPS
TWG: Agriculture and Water
8. The TWG planned to implement five activities and has reported progress on all scheduled activities.
Joint Monitoring Indicators
Jointly develop a medium term strategy for agriculture and water
building on the NSDP and existing MAFF and MOWRAM strategy documents.
The TWG has reported that during this period all key targets have been
met. As a result, a proposed Agriculture and Water Strategy (2006-2010)
has been endorsed by a full meeting of the TWG on 19 September 2006 and
final ministerial approval is being sought. Explicitly building on the
NSDP and existing MAFF and MOWRAM strategies, it incorporates five main
program areas: (i) the Institutional Capacity Building and Management and
Support Program for Agriculture and Water Resources; (ii) the Food
10. Establish a mechanism and periodically disseminate information on economic land concessions in accordance with the notice issued by the Prime Minister of 30 June 2005. The TWG has reported that during this period, information on economic land concessions (ELCs) has been disseminated through the MAFF website (www.maff.gov.kh/elc). This website, last updated in August 2006, includes for example: (i) an overview referring to 85 company concession arrangements in 15 provinces and municipalities. 57 are reported as valid and cover 968,395 hectares, with 48 having signed contracts and 9 not having as yet signed. 28 companies covering 221,030 hectares are reported as having contracts canceled since 2000; (ii) detailed profiles on 36 companies with which concession contracts have been signed, and detailed information about 5 which have not yet signed; and (iii) objectives, laws, criteria, procedures and contacts in relation to ELCs. There has been further activity since the time of the last MAFF website updated, including the formation of an ELC working group. It is therefore anticipated that added information will be posted in the near future. The TWGAW website, another mechanism for disseminating ELC information, has been trialed, and was endorsed by TWGAW members on 19 September 2006. It will be launched on receipt of final ministerial approvals at www.twgaw.org. To avoiding duplication, this site will simply include a direct link on its home page to the above mentioned MAFF website (and any additional/alternative ELC sites developed). A member of the TWGAW secretariat participates in the ELC Secretariat meetings, ensuring communication between the two groups on ELCs.
Implementation status of the H-A-R Action Plan
11. National Strategic Development Plan targets are achieved. An overall proposed A&W Sector Strategy has been produced, drawing on ministries' plans and within the NSDP framework. Arising from this Strategy, work is underway and outputs are anticipated by late 2006/early 2007 in relation to the following: (i) elaboration of programs and projects required to implement the A&W Strategy, which will in turn inform and able completion of an A&W sector MTEF; (ii) review, already undertaken or well underway by some project partners, of assistance and policies to align with NSDP priorities and the proposed Strategy and ways of financing and participating in implementation of related priorities.
12. Capacity development issues are addressed in formulation of sector plans and ODA supported programs/projects with development partners financial support to achieve targeted development results. The draft A&W Sector Strategy has included assessment of existing capacity. Some limited early program capacity building has been occurring, with plans underway to refine capacity building strategies during the current program elaboration phase. Assessment of capacity gaps is being detailed in the current program elaboration phase, and will be drawn together in a related A&W sector plan and programs. This will include consideration of EIA procedures in consultation with other partners.
13. Steadily decreasing number of duplicative donor missions and diagnostic reviews and studies. Details of field missions, diagnostic reviews and studies planned by donors participating in the TWGAW are on the donor data base. This data base is to be accessible on the new TWGAW website and regular updating will be sought. Ongoing updates are being sought from donors, but this will be formally requested every 6 months to try to ensure currency and comprehensiveness of information.
14. RGC and development partners use jointly agreed results-oriented reporting and assessment frameworks that have a manageable number of indicators to monitor progress against national sector development strategies. Some development partners have already adopted SOPs which are being applied in the A&W sector (including for, example, AFD and the World Bank). The adoption of SOPs and other Action Plan strategies will be promoted through the TWGAW meeting mechanism and in A&W strategy implementation. So too will NOGs for grant assistance be followed in monitoring and reporting on their programs/projects to reduce burden on RGC implementation institutions.
15. The TWG has reported that to date, the TWG has been able to mobilize the resources to implement its Action Plan for 2006.