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Cambodia exports 10 tons plus of seafood and agricultural products to China under RCEP agreement

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Following the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP), Cambodia exports seafood and fishery products Others to China, a total of about 10 tons. This is according to officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

The RCEP is a comprehensive regional economic partnership agreement that includes the 10 ASEAN countries and China, Japan, South Korea and Australia. And New Zealand. The agreement entered into force on January 1, 2022. The RCEP member countries will have a gross domestic product of $ 26.2 trillion, or 30% of global GDP

In the opening speech, study and dissemination of post-harvest fisheries enterprises under CAPFish Capture on September 17, 2023 Undersecretary of State and spokeswoman for the Ministry of Agriculture, Ms. Im Rachana, told reporters that Cambodia exports seafood and fishery products. Other products include shrimp, prawns, trout and eels to China, and the government is preparing to streamline food export procedures. Similar to the European Union.

“It’s great to push our fishery products market to the European market, as you know,” the spokesman said. We have stated in the past that we have worked very closely with UNIDO through fisheries products. Well, it’s a job that takes time and the challenges are still there but we are solving the problem That’s all. ”

The Fisheries Administration and UNIDO are implementing a post-harvest fisheries development project worth more than $ 16 million. As part of the CAPFish Capture project, an EU-funded fisheries administration program, the largest fisheries development program. In Asia, with $ 120 million.

CAPFish Capture stakeholders say RCEP could pave way for Cambodian agricultural exports Chinese market under the technical and material support of CAPFish Capture, which has been implemented for four years. Some CAPFish Capture artisans say they have already exported their products to France and the United States. Australia and Canada in small numbers and some say they want to export their agricultural products to China as well. Where people like to eat freshwater fish.

Pum Sotha, director general of the Fisheries Administration, said that the recent export of agricultural products to China started from an agreement. RCEP, an initiative of the Beijing government. He added that Cambodia has also signed other agreements with the Chinese customs to be able to import agricultural products. In the Chinese market.

“We have to sign a protocol with all the Chinese side. In general, the products we can export to China,” he said. That we agree with the GACC [General Administration of Customs, China] means that all Chinese customs all products All.

Mr. Khov Kuong, Deputy Director of Fisheries Administration of the Ministry of Agriculture, who implements the CAPFish Capture project, said that RCEP has contributed to the Cambodia produces agricultural products, but he said the standards and food safety must be adhered to.

“We can export to China if there is trade facilitation without import tariffs, import tariffs, but Standards must remain the same, must be chemical-free, harmless, must have a standard that does not affect health “

He added that the RCEP agreement would also further boost the export of agricultural products by handicraft owners and fishery processing enterprises in CAPFish Project.

“I mean, when we created this project, it was not aimed at the RCEP, but Contribution is, of course, because within the framework of all economic cooperation, the growth of “Economic activity in exports and imports.”

Ky Sereywat, an economist at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, told VOA that Cambodia’s agricultural exports to China are The beginning of the RCEP agreement process and the growth of Cambodia’s agricultural market, despite the number of exports at the moment Recently, it is still small.

He hopes the government will further boost exports through the RCEP agreement.

“We see that our agriculture is still limited,” he said. So when we have a market, we encourage producers to produce more and more production helps our farmers More in the production and breeding of all these animals. In this case, the Ministry of Agriculture must also work urgently to support production, support to the market.

The purpose of the RCEP is to lower tariffs, open trade in services and promote investment to help To developing countries to keep up with other countries in the world.

Source: VOA Khmer
Featured Photo: Hul Reaksmey / VOA

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