Saturday, July 5, 2008

Cambodia to Send Its Agriculture Experts to Guinea to provide Technical Assistance

By Soy Sophea

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen declared on Wednesday during remarks made at the opening of Buddhist Achievements in Kandal Province, that Cambodia is ready to send a number of agricultural experts to Guinea in response to the Guinean Prime Minister’s request for technical assistance from Cambodia.

“We have to send [experts to Guinea] even though we will be responsible for paying our consultants. This is an international role for Cambodia and it is in perfect accord with our greater foreign policy plans,” the Premier Hun Sen said.

Ith Nody, Under Secretary of State at the Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, said that his ministry has welcomed the request of Guinea. He told reporters on June 19 that his ministry has listed experts but the precise number of experts who will travel to the country has not been confirmed as yet.

Hun Sen also said that Cambodia will export 120,000 tons of rice to Guinea in a bid to ease the West African nation’s food crisis. This year, Guinea is the second African nation to ask for rice exports from Cambodia since Senegal bought 6,000 tons of low grades broken rice at the height of the global rice price crisis in late-April.

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