Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Trade program launched

Trade program launched

Trade program launched

090324_14.jpg
090324_14.jpg

Govt, donor plan to fund initiatives aimed at boosting overseas trade

Photo by: MAY KUNMAKARA

Minister of Commerce Cham Prasidh (right) and European Commission Charge d‘Affaires Rafael Dochao Moreno at Monday’s TDSP launch.

THE Commerce Ministry and development partners Monday launched a US$12.6 million program aimed at expanding Cambodia's international trade.

The Trade Development Support Program (TDSP) focusses on streamlining cumbersome bureaucratic processes and promoting Cambodian products for export to foreign markets, according to the World Bank, which will provide oversight for the project.  

The funding is to support training workshops and overseas trips to allow Cambodian representatives to network with foreign commerce officials.

"With global trade expected to shrink in 2009 for the first time in 27 years and Cambodia's economy under real pressure, we need to find wider export markets and bigger investors for Cambodia," said Qimiao Fan, World Bank country manager in Cambodia.

Commerce Minister Cham Prasidh said the government was intent on diversifying the range of Cambodian exports - a critical advance, he said, if Cambodia was to brave the global economic downturn.

The project is financed by the European Commission, The Danish International Aid Agency DANIDA and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation.

"I believe that we can and should make some quick wins by building on progress that has been made in several areas," said Qimiao. "First, the government should further strengthen Cambodia's regional integration with its close neighbours and ASEAN partners, and second, it should promote higher productivity and greater diversification in agriculture."

He noted that Cambodia has not avoided falling victim to the global economic crisis, with downward trends in garments, tourism and construction.

Tom Barthel Hansen, of DANIDA, said that TDSP will support private sector development, with an emphasis on expanding employment opportunities in rural areas.  

MOST VIEWED

  • Reuters: US Embassy fired 32 staff members for sharing pornography

    The United States Embassy in Phnom Penh has fired 32 non-diplomatic staff members who were allegedly caught exchanging pornographic images and video, including of minors, according to the news agency Reuters. Four sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the content was shared in

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the

  • Who’s Who: Sok Muygech is pushing the boundaries of sustainable architecture

    It’s just after two in the afternoon and Sok Muygech, director of BMK Architects, is discussing the details of a new interior design project with her six employees at the company’s office in BKK1. The small office that sits above an optician’s