New Project Boosts 100 Fisheries Enterprises

A new scheme by the EU-funded CAPFISH-Capture programme aims to support the Kingdom’s post-harvest fisheries sector by improving access to capital.

Through CAPFISH, the Fisheries Administration (FiA), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Credit Guarantee Corporation of Cambodia (CGCC) will work together to launch an investment support facility (ISF) scheme.

Building on the success of its current investment support of 50 small enterprises, the ISF scheme will provide technical support and guaranteed business loans to 100 additional businesses.

The funding will allow the small enterprises to overcome challenges such as inadequate fish-processing technologies and limited value addition, as well as food safety concerns which impact consumer trust and the sector’s competitiveness on a global scale, according to a joint statement from the CAPFISH and its partner organisations.

The scheme blends co-financing from the enterprises’ own resources, guaranteed business loans distributed by the local financial institutions and grant support from the project itself. It is co-funded by the EU.

“The ISF will play a pivotal role in enhancing Cambodia’s fisheries sector. Through it, eligible enterprises will be able to access technical support, capacity building, and financial assistance, including grants and loans with favourable conditions,” Mey Vann, member of the CGCC board of directors, was quoted as saying in the statement.

“Ultimately, these efforts will contribute to the government’s overarching goal of securing food supplies and elevating the standard of living for the Cambodian people,” he added.

Dejene Tezera, UNIDO director of agri-business​​ and infrastructure development, expressed his pride in the introduction of the scheme.

“Through investments in innovation and capacity building, we are paving the way for a future where Cambodian fisheries stand tall on the world stage, delivering excellence, reliability, and prosperity to local communities and beyond,” he said.

“The ISF will not only help boost competitiveness and sustainability but also underpin economic expansion, public health safeguards and local job creation. I am optimistic that its success will inspire replication and scale up in other agricultural sub-sectors,” added EU ambassador Igor Driesmans.

In the statement, Dith Tina, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, acknowledged the invaluable support of the EU and UNIDO.

“This is a great initiative and will support current collaborations between the ministry’s FiA, UNIDO and the private sector,” he was quoted as saying.

“I am positive that this project, which will be implemented by the CAPFISH-Capture programme, will raise the standards and quality of post-harvest fishery products, providing economic benefits to fishermen and the owners and employees of processing enterprises,” he added.

Credit to: The Phnom Penh Post, Published on 29 May 2024