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Sudanese interested in farming investment

SUDAN has expressed an interest in investing in Cambodian agriculture, the spokesman for Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday.

Eang Sophalleth told reporters after a meeting between the Kingdom’s premier and the Sudanese Special Envoy and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Ahmet Karti Mohamed, that the African nation is interested in making investments in Cambodia.

“Sudan wants to boost cooperation between the two countries,” Eang Sophalleth quoted Ali Ahmet Karti Mohamed as saying.

In response, Hun Sen welcomed any kind of investment from Sudan, particularly in the agricultural sector, he added.

His spokesman added that Hun Sen told Sudan’s delegation that Cambodia used to export rice to Sudan and has sent military personnel there as part of the United Nations Peacekeeping programme.

Sudan is among a number of countries that have recently expressed their interest in investing in Cambodian agriculture.

Chan Tong Yves, secretary of state at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), said the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar have all visited the Kingdom in recent months to discuss involvement in the sector.

According to a MAFF report, 912,275 hectares of economic land concessions have been given to 65 domestic and foreign private companies since August 2007.

The government has also voided deals with 37 companies involving 332,240 hectares of land because they did not follow agreements or a master implementation plan.

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