The Industry and Handicrafts Ministry on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nomi Network to agree on a $407,590 project aiming to increase handicraft skills of people in small to medium enterprises in the Kingdom.
Speaking during a signing ceremony for the MoU, Nomi Network country director Supei Liu said the project will last three years and aims to increase technical training when it comes to marketing and designing products, sewing techniques, financial planning and leadership.
“I thank the staff of Nomi Network and Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts officials for trying to make this project happen,” Ms Liu said. “The project will help the handicraft sector in Cambodia.”
Ministry secretary of state Kim Touch said the ministry supports the project because the project aims to develop small-medium enterprises in Cambodia, especially by promoting female entrepreneurship.
Mr Touch said the MoU is about “cooperation and supporting training programmes”. He said the MoU focuses on training skills, increasing knowledge and promote leadership for women entrepreneurs.
“It is to strengthen skills in garment and fashion design in Cambodia,” Mr Touch said. “It is also to promote the handicraft sector, and develop it to be sustainable. It will also improve and promote the local handicrafts industry, international marketing and female entrepreneurship.”
Chhea Lay Hi, director of the Small and Medium Business Unit and project coordinator, said the government has been looking for ways to promote the handicraft sector. Mr Lay Hi said SMEs in Cambodia and the project is important to the development of women entrepreneurs.
“In this MoU, we emphasized strengthening the capability of the garment and footwear manufacturing sector by helping them find domestic and international markets so that people in the sector can produce and boost sales,” Mr Lay Hi said.
He noted that he was hopeful the project will help SMEs.
“We hope that the skills of our women will be trained by this project,” Mr Lay Hi said. “They could expand their business and skills in order to support their livelihood.”