Public sector consulting
Saint Blanquat & A. provides consulting services targeting the public sector. As a premium local consulting firm, we supply technical assistance to projects that contribute to social, economic and cultural advancement.
Our Public Sector Consulting Business Unit aims to further strengthen collaboration with the Cambodian public sector and international institutions such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the French Development Agency, and the EU through partnering with international consulting firms experienced in large-scale development projects.
We specialize in project management including design, coordination and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Our gender-sensitive approach underscores our belief that gender equality is key to sustainable development.
Background informationCambodia's Development Context Myanmar's Development Context
Relying on a pool of in-house and external consultants, Saint Blanquat & A. Public Sector Consulting Services cover the following fields of expertise:
Cultural Times – the first global map of the cultural and creative industries – acknowledges the societal value of arts and culture. Their study assesses the contribution of cultural and creative industries to economic growth, estimating that they generate US$250 billion in revenues annually, creating 29.5 million jobs worldwide. (The Conversation, Jen Snowball, Why art and culture contribute more to an economy than growth and jobs, January 20, 2016)
At the local level, arts and cultural development contribute to neighborhood commercial revitalisation and the creation of economic clusters, involving collaborations between professional artists and communities based on a community’s desire to achieve artistic and social outcomes. Because nearly all communities have arts and cultural assets, arts and culture can be one of the most promising ways to increase local economic opportunity.
We believe in the importance of promoting local artistic talents and in investing in the arts & culture industry. We have provided technical assistance to the Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts for various projects aiming to reinforce the country’s performing arts capabilities, and the theater and cinema industry overall.
TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) is education and training which provide knowledge and skills for employment using formal, non-formal and informal learning. It is a crucial vehicle for social equity, inclusion and sustainable development. Various donors such as ADB support TVET systems in Cambodia and Myanmar in order to address gaps in access, quality and institutional capacity for a sustained contribution to the development of a skilled workforce.
We have gained extensive expertise in pedagogical skills and training delivery with Management Academy, our training and development institute serving people and organizations in Southeast Asia
Food safety is a scientific discipline describing handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent foodborne illness. This includes a number of routines that should be followed to avoid potential health hazards. The principles of food safety aim to prevent food from becoming contaminated and causing food poisoning. This is achieved through a variety of different avenues such as, among others:
- Properly cleaning and sanitising all surfaces, equipment and utensils
- Maintaining a high level of personal hygiene, especially hand-washing
- Storing, chilling and heating food correctly with regards to temperature, environment and equipment
- Implementing effective pest control
- Comprehending food allergies, food poisoning and food intolerance
Countries with booming tourism industries like Cambodia and Myanmar are increasingly aware of the imperative to enforce food safety norms in the catering industry. This involves the implementation of a number of safeguards throughout the food chain and to raise people’s awareness: from processes on the farm to practices in the kitchen, human activities play an important role in food safety.
At Saint Blanquat & A., we have provided independent auditing services for the certification of restaurants & catering establishments in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. This project was funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF). Our food safety experts rely on extensive international and local experience.
The education sector plays a central role in the development of a nation. Children, youth and adults must be able to access high quality education and lifelong learning services that are relevant and responsive to the labor market demand. For Cambodia and Myanmar, the focus is on equitable access for high quality education services for all, and providing learning opportunities for technical and specialised skills. This is being reflected in the strategic plans of their Ministries of Education which continue to give a high priority to equitable access for high quality education services for all.
We have built unique expertise in education policy and curriculum design and development, from primary school to university level. This includes support in the creation and development of renowned education institutes, and the first international and bilingual (English and French) basic education service provider in Cambodia.
Cambodia’s Development Context
Population: 15.76 million (2016, World Bank)
Rural vs. urban population: 79.3% vs. 20.7% of total population (2015)
Main economic sectors: Garment, tourism, construction and real estate, agriculture
Ranking sixth economy in the world, Cambodia has sustained an average growth rate of 7.6% in 1994-2015. In 2014, the poverty rate was 13.5% compared to 47.8% in 2007, with 90% of the poor living in the countryside. While Cambodia has achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving poverty in 2009, the vast majority of families who escaped poverty were only able to do so by a small margin. Around 4.5 million people remain near-poor, vulnerable to falling back into poverty when exposed to economic and other external shocks. (World Bank Cambodia)
Health and education remain both important challenges and development priorities for Cambodia. 32% (or approximately 0.5 million) of children under five are stunted. As of 2015, 70 % of Cambodia’s population (12.3 million people) do not have access to piped water supply, and 58 percent (9.3 million people) do not have access to improved sanitation. Cambodia has made strides in improving maternal health, early childhood development, and primary education in rural areas. The maternal mortality ratio per 100,000 live births decreased from 472 in 2005 to 170 in 2014, the under-five mortality rate decreased from 83 per 1,000 live births in 2005 to 35 per 1,000 in 2014. (World Bank Cambodia)
While net enrollment in primary education increased from 82% in 1997 to 97% in 2016, lower secondary completion rates, at 43% in 2013, are significantly below the average for lower middle-income countries. (World Bank Cambodia)
In spite of these achievements, Cambodia still faces a number of development challenges, including the need for good quality public service delivery, inclusive development, better land administration and natural resources management, environmental sustainability, and good governance.
Cambodia’s graduation to the status of Lower-Middle Income nation in 2016 represents an important milestone as the country plans to reach the Upper-Middle Income status by 2030 and the rank of developed country by 2050. In order to meet its aspiration, the country needs to keep directing its actions towards sustainable growth, which entails investing in human capital (health, nutrition, education and skills development) with the continuing support from international and local partners.
Myanmar’s Development Context
Population: 52.89 million (2016, World Bank)
Rural vs. urban population: 65.4% vs. 34.6% of total population (2016)
Main economic sectors: Agricultural processing, manufacturing, construction, transportation
Myanmar is one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia. Medium-term growth is currently projected to average 7.1% per year, mainly driven by economic reforms, public consumption and private investment. According to the World Bank estimates, poverty rate went from 44.5% in 2004 to 37.5% in 2009/10 and 26.1% in 2015. Nevertheless, households in the rural area remain vulnerable to economic shocks and susceptible to fall back into poverty. (World Bank)
Infant and child mortality are pressing issues: out of every 100 children, 6.2 die before their first birthday and 7.2 before their fifth (Population and Housing Census, 2014). In terms of nutrition data, 29% of children under 5 are moderately stunted and 8% are severely stunted (DHS, 2015).
The dropout rate is high, especially in rural areas where 6 out of 10 children who start grade one drop out before the end of middle school; among the poorest families, this figure is 7 in 10. (World Bank)
Access to basic infrastructure and services remain a challenge in both rural and urban areas. Only one-third of the population has access to the national electricity grid while road density remains low at 219.8 kilometers per 1,000 square kilometers of land area. However, with the recent liberalization of the telecommunications sector, mobile and internet penetration has increased significantly from less than 20% and 10% in 2014, to 60% and 25% respectively. (World Bank)