Thursday, September 01, 2005

Cambodia's aid spent on hiring foreign expertise

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen says about 20 percent of the foreign aid given to the country is spent on hiring expensive foreign experts.

He says in 2002 alone, around 115 million US dollars was spent on such overseas technical aid.

But Hun Sen has also told a gathering of government officials that much of that money is spent on first-class air tickets and five-star hotels for the foreign experts, who sometimes only polish the results of hard work done by Cambodians.

The prime minister says much of the money could be better spent on improving infrastructure...and he's called on government officials to work harder themselves.

Cambodia receives foreign assistances of about 500 million dollars a year.

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