Cambodia’s First International Agriculture Expo In Pipeline

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Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon (right) speaks with a representative of Santhai Import Export Company on Wednesday. MAFF.GOV.KH

Santhai Import Export Company is planning the first international exhibition of agricultural products in Cambodia this year in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

The exhibition is set for June 25 to 28 at a venue to be confirmed, and will be attended by 500 Chinese companies and representatives of 304 companies from countries in the region. Local investors and key leaders in the government are also due to attend.

The company has invited Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon to speak at the exhibition about investment regulation of agriculture and to provide information for businessmen and investors who are interested in investing in the country.

Sakhon said the Ministry welcomes all investment companies in the agricultural sector and would cooperate actively in the exhibition. “The Ministry is encouraging the private sector to cooperate with the ministry and communities in the implementation of production contracts,” he said. “Cambodia wants investors who are committed. Those investments will support national development and benefit local people.”

He also called on companies to address investment challenges such as electricity and logistics. “If this is not addressed, it will make it hard to compete with other countries,” said Sakhon.

He said the ministry asked investment firms to consider ways to deal with issues such as the use of solar energy in agriculture and expanding and improving waterways and air transport.

Other areas of investment were deliveries of agricultural products to their final destination which would allow Cambodian products to compete in international markets.

This article was originally published in the Khmer Times.