ASSIST Director for the Mekong region Aru David facilitated multi-stakeholder discussions in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia last June 8 and 10 for a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Project that aims to promote adherence to international quality standards among businesses in the food industry.
Dubbed Structured Program to Achieve Food Safety Excellence in Cambodia (SAFE Cambodia), the PPP replicates ASSIST’s highly successful SAFE Vietnam project in Cambodia. It is supported by TUV Rheinland and DEG.
David notes huge interest in the project, which drew representatives from ministries, international and local NGOs, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from the food manufacturing industry together during the kickoff ceremony.
SAFE Cambodia primarily aims to upgrade SME operational processes, which consist of safety, hygiene and resource efficiency practices, in order for business owners to achieve better product quality. Through the project, ASSIST aims to help SMEs find greater business opportunities through the improvement of their internal processes as well as ensuring the health and safety of customers in Cambodia and abroad.
Under the SAFE Cambodia project, ASSIST will also be holding forums and training of trainers on the basic requirements of international management standards and regulations that feature quality measures such as ISO 22000, HACCP and the UNEP Resource Efficiency Model. #