The Asian Cultural Council will today begin a series of roundtable meetings to discuss four topics about culture in Asian countries.
Deputy Prime Minister Bin Chhin yesterday presided over a blessing ceremony at the Elephant Terrace of the Angkor Complex to prepare for today’s meeting, which will be presided by Prime Minister Hun Sen and include more than 800 guests from 26 countries across Asia.
Ek Tha, spokesman for the Council of Ministers, yesterday said the launching of the ACC is a historical event in Siem Reap province, noting that the ACC will bring benefits to Cambodia and improve its reputation.
Mr Tha said panels consisting of members of national and international communities will discuss topics entitled: “Emerging Multi-Conceptual World and Asian Identity, Connecting Culture and Sustainable Development, Harnessing Technology for Civilisation Connectivity, and Building a Community for Common Destiny in Asia”.
“Cambodia has been recognised by the international community for our diplomatic abilities, which is getting stronger and stronger, year by year,” Mr Tha said, noting that hosting the ACC shows the Kingdom’s ability in garnering international support due to years of peace and stability, as well as the ability to preserve national heritage sites.
He said that through the ACC, Cambodia is able to assist the international community to look to the Kingdom as an example of how heritage is preserved.
“When tourists come, investment follows,” Mr Tha said. “We would like to tell the outside world that Cambodia knows diplomacy and is able to preserve culture.”
The ACC was established last year by the International Conference of Asian Political Parties and now has more than 350 political parties from 52 countries across the region as members.
After the roundtable meetings, the members of the ACC will re-issue an updated version of the the 2017 Siem Reap Declaration.
About 270 national and international artists will perform during the gala dinner to celebrate the launch of the ACC in the Elephant Terrace.