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Cambodia: Rapid Immunization Support Project

SUMMARY

STATUS
Approved
MEMBER
Cambodia
SECTOR
Public Health
E&S CATEGORY
Category C
PROJECT NUMBER
000521

FINANCING

APPROVED FUNDING
USD50 million
FINANCING TYPE
Sovereign

TIMELINE

CONCEPT REVIEW
June 2021
FINANCING APPROVAL
March 24, 2022

OBJECTIVE

To increase access to eligible COVID-19 vaccines for priority populations in Cambodia.

DESCRIPTION

The project will support the procurement of eligible COVID-19 vaccines under Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s Asia Pacific Vaccine Access Facility (APVAX), contributing to the government’s goal of strengthening herd immunity in 2022-2023. Eligible vaccines will be procured through a) bilateral negotiations and agreements with potential manufacturers, b) cost-sharing mechanism under the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) or c) United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in compliance with leading co-financier ADB's procurement policy. ADB member country eligibility restrictions will be waived, and universal procurement will apply.

The Government of Cambodia will provide USD 8.5 million to cover personnel, communication, capacity building, personal protective equipment, vaccine transportation, storage, waste disposal, surveillance, taxes and duties, and financing costs. ADB will provide technical assistance to the Government of Cambodia in selected areas to support the implementation of its National Deployment and Vaccination Plan (NDVP) in parallel with this project.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL INFORMATION

The loan will be co-financed with ADB as the lead co-financier. The project’s environmental and social (ES) risks and impacts have been assessed in accordance with the provisions of ADB’s Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS). To provide a harmonized approach to addressing the Project’s ES risks and impacts, and as permitted under AIIB’s Environmental and Social Policy (ESP), ADB’s SPS will apply to the Project in lieu of AIIB’s ESP. AIIB has reviewed ADB’s SPS and is satisfied that: (a) it is consistent with AIIB’s Articles of Agreement and materially consistent with the provisions of AIIB’s ESP, including the Environmental and Social Exclusion List and the relevant Environmental and Social Standards; and (b) the monitoring procedures that are in place are appropriate for the project. Under its SPS, ADB has categorized the ES risks of the Project as Category C for Environment, Category C for Involuntary Resettlement and Category C for Indigenous Peoples (which is equivalent to Category C if AIIB’s ESP were applicable). The Project has been categorized by ADB as “effective gender mainstreaming”.

PROJECT TEAM LEADER

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Wanli Fang

Senior Investment Officer – Urban

wanli.fang@aiib.org

 

Asian Development Bank

Rikard Elfving

Senior Social Sector Specialist

relfving@adb.org

BORROWER

H.E. Pen Thirong

Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Economy and Finance

thirong_pen@mef.gov.kh

IMPLEMENTING ENTITY

H.E. Prof. Eng Huot

Secretary of State Ministry of Health

enghuot@online.com.kh

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