Cambodian Entrepreneurs and Oxfam, in collaboration with Banteay Meanchey Provincial Administration and Big C Shopping Mall, are hosting a forum for producers and buyers to raise the profile of locally-made products.
From September 8 to 10, the ‘One Village, One Product’ event took place at Big C Shopping Mall in Poipet City, Banteay Meanchey province. It will also include an exhibition of local products under the project, "Market Access for Producers".
The National Committee said the event aims to promote local products and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). It stated, “With the common goal of developing an environmentally sustainable and sustainable local economy, the project aims to create market opportunities for MSMEs and local producers to meet potential buyers and engage in fruitful discussions in terms of supply and other needs.”
The statement added that attendees will have the opportunity to connect with various actors, such as local authorities, relevant institutions, NGOs, financial institutions and youth groups, who can provide technical support and resources to develop their business. The exhibition also includes product launches that contribute to the promotion of local products to a wider market.
Suong Noy, Deputy Secretary General of the National Committee for the Promotion of One Village, One Product, said that the aim is to reduce the gap between local producers and potential buyers “effectively and honestly”.
He stated, “By creating meaningful interconnection mechanisms from suppliers of raw materials, processors, packers, collectors of products - from farms to tables and from artisans to consumers - they can learn from the experience of mutually introducing producers to the market.”
In addition, attendees can learn about solving problems with relevant institutions in applying for registration or other legal issues, as well as promote business opportunities. He added that he is confident that the event will contribute to the economic development of Banteay Meanchey and Cambodia as a whole, while improving the living standards of local communities.
Chheang Vann Monin, Executive Director of Khmer Enterprise (KE), said that the current momentum of support and understanding of local products has grown significantly, but there should be more promotion and marketing.
He added that Cambodian Enterprise is pleased to partner with the National One Village One Product Movement Committee to create a matching platform between local producers and buyers to increase sales. In addition, to promote local products in line with the principle of KE to further expand the market for local producers to expand in domestic and international markets.
Phean Sophoan, Director of Oxfam, said, “Oxfam is proud to work with both government partners to support a forum for matching local producers and buyers. The collaboration underscores Oxfam's commitment to increasing opportunities for local producers and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Cambodia.”
She emphasized, “This event can promote local products' access to markets, increase incomes and contribute to environmentally-friendly development, while this growth will contribute to poverty reduction in Cambodia. We strongly believe that working together will allow us to create a successful and sustainable platform to facilitate market access for producers and enterprises in Cambodia smoothly.”
She added that the forum and product exhibition in Banteay Meanchey province is expected to attract about 200 people, including leaders and representatives from relevant departments, business associations, SMEs, agricultural cooperatives, financial institutions, civil society organizations and youth groups. The project has been initiated by the National Committee for the Promotion of One Village, One Product and Oxfam since 2022.
Sophoan stated, “We are pleased that this project has acquired a new partner, Cambodian Entrepreneurs, to support and strengthen market access for local producers and expand this support to other provinces.
She added that this year, there are plans to roll out the forum in 15 provinces: Siem Reap, Kampong Chhnang, Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Kampong Cham, Oddar Meanchey, Kandal, Kampot, Koh Kong, Pursat, Kampong Thom, Tbong Khmum, Stung Treng, Kampong Speu and Svay Rieng.
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