Cambodian cashew, pepper firms have shot to sell products on Alibaba.com


PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN): Growers and suppliers of cashew nuts and geographical indication- (GI) certified Kampot pepper will soon have a chance to sell their products to Chinese consumers through the e-commerce platform Alibaba.com, according to the Ministry of Economy and Finance’s Entrepreneurship Development Fund (EDF) on Tuesday (Aug 3).

EDF Secretariat director Chea Kokhong on Aug 3 chaired an online meeting with Alibaba.com representatives to discuss the different elements of the e-commerce ecosystem, and availing Cambodian wares on the platform, especially for the Chinese market.

He said the meeting also covered logistics, customs procedures and how to smooth the clearance process, previous experiences on working with the government to facilitate exports, and leverage local NGO Cambodian Entrepreneur Development’s (CED) expertise to digitally market select products for a Chinese audience and find strategic partners.

The meeting settled on cashew nuts and GI-branded pepper for market testing, Kokhong said.

EDF project coordinator Bun Phalla told The Post on Aug 4 that the Alibaba team was specifically looking for products representative of Cambodia.

The two cash crops chosen have logged remarkable export figures, further motivating the meeting’s decision, he said.

If the products can garner enough consumer attention, cultivation and processing would get a big boost back home, he stressed, adding a nod to pepper farmers in Kampot province.

“Alibaba is very committed to helping us be able to sell,” Phalla said, suggesting that the move was at least in part due to Covid-driven supply chain disruptions across China, and the assessment that “Khmers have a lot of potential, especially in agricultural goods”.

In Lai Huot, owner of the Chey Sambor cashew nut processing plant in southwestern Kampong Thom province’s Kampong Svay district, said market testing on the platform would shore up Cambodian cashew nuts and elevate their prestige in the international arena.

“This is splendid news – an undertaking that helps secure a market for finished cashew nuts,” she said, voicing hope that her products would be selected for the trial.

Kampot Pepper Promotion Association (KPPA) president Nguon Lay also welcomed the move. “We are delighted, and are engaged in this pursuit to find a market for Kampot pepper,” he said. - The Phnom Penh Post/Asia News Network

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Cambodia , cashewnut , pepper , Alibaba.com , e-commerce

   

Next In Aseanplus News

Laos' Luang Prabang city and China's Kunming to forge ties and strengthen friendly exchanges, cooperation
Brunei's Covid-19 cases still soaring as it records 263 new cases as tally reaches 5,960
Singapore's manufacturing output growth further narrowed to 11.2% in August
Myanmar monks march against military junta
The Philippines banks on e-commerce and digital economy to speed up recovery
Singapore on one-month stabilisation phase to slow down Covid-19 spread
Thailand starts rollout of Covid-19 booster shots
Vietnam wants to become food innovation hub in the region, says President
Hong Kong property giants deny Beijing is ramping up pressure on industry to fix city’s housing woes, following reports of officials losing patience
Japan's Princess Mako to give up one-off payment in controversial marriage -media

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers