Commerce Minister Urges More Transparent and Accountable Implementation of AIMS Project

H.E. Pan Sorasak, Minister of Commerce, has urged more transparent and accountable implementation of Accelerating Inclusive Markets for Smallholders (AIMS) project.

H.E. Minister made the encouragement while presiding over recent AIMS meeting to review the project's progress, and assess and identity challenges, technical operation and risks for the first quarter of this year at the ministry office � said the ministry's news release.

H.E. Pan Sorasak recalled background and purposes of AIMS which laid stress on development of production and value chains of quality assured rice, cassavas, backyard chicken, vegetables, and raw silk, through networking of markets.

The minister also called on all competent officials to integrate AIMS project into their daily work and accumulate experience to benefit development of commercial sector.

This, he added, could be done through an increase in cooperation with strategic partner of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) under the projects of Sustainable Asset for Agricultural Market, Business and Trade (SAAMBAT) and Agriculture Services Programme for Innovation, Resilience and Extension (ASPIRE).

Established in 2017, AIMS is a major project of Ministry of Commerce with co-financing of US$8.6 million from the Royal Government of Cambodia, and US$36.3 million from IFAD's loan.

The project is being implemented in 18 potential provinces of Cambodia with some 60,000 beneficiaries at present.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press