Grant Agreement signed between EuroCham and GIZ

Partnership for sustainably promoting exports from Cambodia to the EU

Linking exporting companies from Cambodia to European buyers, and helping to facilitate long-term business relationships are the primary goals of a new grant agreement signed by EuroCham Cambodia and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH last month.

To name just a few of the planned projects, the GIZ grant will enable EuroCham to develop export guides for Cambodian companies, organize training events and outreach campaigns, and to establish an SME working group on sustainable production. Together with the GIZ Business Scout embedded within their German chapter, the GBC, EuroCham has already jump-started activities. The first grant activity was a digital pitch competition, where companies ready to export pitched their products to an international jury, to eventually take part in premium European trade fairs.

And that’s not all: “We’re currently finetuning our approach to encourage Cambodian SMEs to obtain certification for export to the EU, through targeted financial support, matchmaking, and technical guidance”, stated Tom Hesketh, Deputy Director at EuroCham Cambodia.

The new agreement is a follow-up to a previous grant. The first focused on providing Information to importers, and raising awareness of Cambodian products in Europe, leading to success stories such as the Product and Supplier Brochures. These brochures contain detailed information on Cambodia’s high-quality products and manufacturers, ready to export to the international market.

“The signing of this grant agreement marks another milestone in the successful partnership between GIZ and EuroCham Cambodia, including the GBC”, says Christoph Janensch, GIZ Business Scout at GBC and EuroCham. He adds: “We have many exciting activities planned for both local and European companies, stay tuned for further information!”