Cambodia and Russia agreed to bring their economic partnership to a new level by signing a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in the areas of fisheries and aquaculture.
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According to the official website of the Global Fishery Forum, the agreement signing ceremony was held last week at the sidelines of the Global Fishery Forum & Seafood Expo 2019 held in St. Petersburg, Russia. Cambodia was among the nearly 20 countries that participated in the event.
Ilya Shestakov, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture and head of the Federal Agency for Fisheries, signed the agreement on behalf of Russia. Cambodia was represented by Eng Chea San, director-general for the Fisheries Administration.
Calling Cambodia a “long-standing and reliable partner”, Mr Shestakov said the signing set a new stage for cooperation between the Kingdom and Russia.
For his part, Mr Chea San said he was glad to be part of the big fishery event and conveyed the Cambodian government’s intention and willingness to strengthen its partnership with its Russian counterpart in these sectors.
The two parties made agreements in the following areas: conservation, management and optimal use of water resources; prevention, deterrence and elimination of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing ; exchange of information and data on fisheries and aquaculture issues of mutual interest; promotion and strengthening of contacts between fisheries and aquaculture research institutions in both countries; and bilateral seminars, consultations, exchange experience between specialists.
The MoU follows the signing of an agreement in 2015 where both sides agreed to prevent IUU fishing of living marine resources.
Last year, the two sides also agreed to increase imports of agricultural products, including rice, animal products, and fish.
Cambodia, with a much smaller yet important fishing industry, is expected to benefit from Russia’s expertise, knowledge, and accomplishments in the fishery and aquaculture sectors. Russia has one of the largest fishing industries in the world.
While much smaller than that of the fishing industry, Russia’s aquaculture is gaining traction and now accounts for nearly 5 percent of the country’s total fish catch every year.