Ghanian Ambassador, Florence Buerki Akonor and Cambodian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Dith Tina recently met to discuss ways to boost cooperation between the two countries on various sectors, particularly agriculture
During their discussion, the Cambodian Minister expressed enthusiasm in the idea of collaboration, especially in the field of agriculture and food security, while highlighting their experience of becoming one of the 10 largest rice exporters in the world. The fact that the two countries possess ideal geographical climates and share very similar democratic regime, increase the possibility of success in their collaboration, especially for rice production.
The Minister also explained Cambodia's agricultural policy of cooperating with other countries, attracting foreign investment, and participating in ensuring global food security. He also highlighted the country's agricultural strategy, which focuses on quality, safety, cost-efficiency, and high value-added. Cambodia's investors directly invest in these countries to meet domestic demand, while the country considers the advantage and ease of exporting rice and processing it into rice for export, as both options seem to offer different benefits.
According to a report published by Khmer Times, the team is considering organising Zoom meetings to develop a better understanding of each other, while also taking part in discussions regarding the setting up a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that would outline the specific goals and objectives of the cooperation, as well as the roles and responsibilities of each party.
Furthermore, the report also mentioned the Minister emphasising the importance of studying both the legal and technical aspects of cooperation, as well as facilitating and trusting the private sector on stability and profitability. In addition, infrastructure, agriculture inputs, and production costs are other notable factors that need to be considered.