EU provides funds for Cambodian government to support reform of Fisheries sector

PHNOM PENH: The European Union (EU) has pledged to provide EUR 6.375 million (around US$7 million) grants to to support reforms in its fisheries sector.

The information was shared by EU Ambassador to Cambodia, H.E. Igor Driesmans, in a meeting here on Dec. 4 with H.E. Dith Tina, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, during which they discussed a wide range of issues in a constructive manner including sustainable agriculture and fisheries.

The grants will be used to support key areas of the fisheries reform, such as monitoring, control, and surveillance, flooded forest protection, conservation of marine fisheries, transfer of grants to community fisheries, research, and food safety.

“Our partnership in the fisheries sector is large and strong, despite the immense challenges. We are keen and ready to support further progress in the important field of agri-food safety to improve the quality of products produced by the private sector and consumed by Cambodians in the country, as well as support Cambodian processing establishments to meet regional and international markets' demands. This could offer new market opportunities for Cambodia's products and create jobs,” said H.E. Igor Driesmans.

The agriculture sector including fisheries and forestry are facing global challenges that continue to require strong partnership with all stakeholders – including the EU – to mitigate and adapt to its negative impacts and transform constraints into opportunities, said H.E. Dith Tina.

As for the fisheries sector, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is fully committed to supporting sustainable fisheries development in both inland and marine areas, through the whole value chain for the benefit of our fishermen, aquaculture farmers, and entrepreneurs, as well as consumers, he underlined.

“We are committed to the protection and conservation of our aquatic habitats and resources,” said the minister.

Launched in 2019 as the most important program ever for the EU to support the fisheries sector in a partner country and Cambodia, the CAPFISH Programme (EUR 112 million) is implemented by the Fisheries Administration attached to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, supporting all pillars of the current national strategy in fisheries until 2025.

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