Cam­bo­dian agency: Event can pro­mote re­la­tions be­tween cul­tures, tra­di­tions

My per­sonal sug­ges­tion is that we should form or es­tab­lish spe­cial per­mis­sions or per­mits for pro­cure­ments, with which both coun­tries can start busi­ness ex­changes, pro­mote in­vest­ment and en­cour­age developmen­t ...” Rouen So­van­nar­ith, president of the Camb

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESSFO­CUS - By XING YI in Shang­hai xingyi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

It’s more than 100 days away, but Rouen So­van­nar­ith has been ea­gerly await­ing the third China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo as he thinks the event will pro­vide a pow­er­ful boost for trade and in­vest­ment be­tween China and Cam­bo­dia.

So­van­nar­ith is the president of the Cam­bo­dian Ru­ral Developmen­t Agency. It was es­tab­lished in 2006 with a mis­sion to or­ga­nize agri­cul­ture co­op­er­a­tives, pro­vide train­ing on lead­er­ship and farming skills to farm­ers, and co­op­er­ate with do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional part­ners to sup­port Cam­bo­dian agri­cul­ture through ex­ports.

So­van­nar­ith was in Shang­hai for the sec­ond CIIE last Novem­ber, where Cam­bo­dia was one of the 15 guest-of-honor coun­tries in­clud­ing France, In­dia and Rus­sia.

“I gained a lot of ex­pe­ri­ences at the pre­vi­ous edi­tions of CIIE. It helped us to build re­la­tion­ships be­tween CRDA and in­ter­na­tional agen­cies, com­pa­nies, and govern­ment agents to pro­mote and sup­port eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties be­tween coun­tries,” said So­van­nar­ith.

A range of agri­cul­tural prod­ucts were dis­played at the palace-like pavil­ion of Cam­bo­dia at the expo last year, in­clud­ing fea­tured goods such as rice, corn and pep­per.

“We strongly believe that trade can pro­mote and strengthen the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Chi­nese and Cam­bo­dian cul­tures and tra­di­tions. So the CRDA is here to pro­mote and sup­port govern­ment poli­cies for trade and in­vest­ment be­tween the two coun­tries, es­pe­cially to move the pro­cure­ment link to trad­ing, busi­ness, and in­vest­ment for both coun­tries, too,” he said.

The CIIE is a good plat­form to pro­mote bi­lat­eral trade be­tween China and Cam­bo­dia, he added.

So­van­nar­ith has been wor­ried about the im­pact of the out­break of the novel coro­n­avirus pan­demic on Cam­bo­dia’s ex­ports in the past three months.

De­spite this, So­van­nar­ith said their com­mu­ni­ca­tion and re­la­tion­ship with Cam­bo­dian firms are good. “We have de­vel­oped many plans to work to­gether as part­ners.”

“My per­sonal sug­ges­tion is that we should form or es­tab­lish spe­cial per­mis­sions or per­mits for pro­cure­ments, with which both coun­tries can start busi­ness ex­changes, pro­mote in­vest­ment and en­cour­age developmen­t, so that we can come back from the slow­down of eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties. This would also pro­mote the participat­ion of busi­ness­men, traders and in­vestors in developmen­t and growth,” So­van­nar­ith said.

So­van­nar­ith was grat­i­fied to learn that the third CIIE will be held as sched­uled in the Na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion and Con­ven­tion Center in Shang­hai in Novem­ber given that the novel coro­n­avirus has been largely con­tained in China.

“CIIE is a mes­sen­ger who can bring China and Cam­bo­dia gov­ern­ments to­gether to jointly de­velop poli­cies, by­laws and pro­cure­ment plans, which en­cour­age busi­ness­men, traders and in­vestors to get in­volved in cre­at­ing more ben­e­fits and eco­nomic growth for both coun­tries,” he said.

CHEN FEI / XIN­HUA

Vis­i­tors walk past the Cam­bo­dian pavil­ion dur­ing the sec­ond China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo in Shang­hai on Nov 6, 2019.

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