Agricultural Workshop Calls for Multi-stakeholder Cooperation

A first-ever dissemination workshop on agricultural policies and development plan, chaired by Minister H.E. Veng Sakhon, calls for multi-stakeholder cooperation between the ministry and related NGOs and INGOs to increase communication, solidarity and mutual respects.

The workshop was held on Mar. 6 and attended by over 40 NGOs, of which 23 were local NGOs and the rest INGOs at Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF).

On behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia, H.E. Veng Sakhon thanked and spoke highly of all NGOs for their support to build and develop Cambodia under all circumstances after the Khmer Rouge regime. He then appealed for the ministry and the related NGOs and INGOs to work together to identify key challenges in the agricultural sector and review institutional strengths and weaknesses in order to set joint goals and visions for future cooperation.

The minister stressed that multi-stakeholder cooperation is very crucial in order to effectively respond to the real need of the people, to use the available fund in the right direction, and to implement agricultural development strategies and national development strategies in accordance with the nation's rectangular strategic plan, Phase IV.

Similarly, he also called upon stakeholders to work together to foster agricultural diversification and modernisation, increase the value and potential of crop production, livestock and aquaculture, and empower the farming communities through trainings and use of new technology.

While H.E. Veng Sakhon requested NGOs to continue to implement the Memorandum of Understanding in adherence, fullness and effectiveness, he also cautioned that NGOs not be involved in any activities that link to politics, money laundering and terrorism financing.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press