Cambodia, with Unesco support, is set to host the launching of the Asian Cultural Council next month, a government official said yesterday.
According to Ek Tha, spokesman for the Office of the Council of Ministers, Deputy Prime Minister Bin Chhin had a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the ACC which will launch in January.
Mr Tha said the move followed an agreement by the International Conference of Asia Political Parties to set up a cultural mechanism with support from the United Nations agency.
Cambodia was chosen by ICAPP members due to the Kingdom’s experience in protecting, restoring and preserving historical temples listed as Unesco World Heritage Sites.
In April, Jose de Venecia Jr, Co-Chairman of the ICAPP’s Standing Committee, nominated Prime Minister Hun Sen as an honorary Founding Chairman of the ACC, while Second National Assembly President Khuon Sodary was nominated as chairwoman of the Council.
“The coming of the cultural event strongly shows that Cambodia has been entrusted by the international community in terms of the field of culture,” Mr Tha said. “The ACC will play a vital role to contribute in the protection and preservation of other cultural sites in Asia.”
Phoeurng Sackona, Fine Arts and Culture Minister, and other officials have been appointed to prepare for the event on January 15 and 16 in Siem Reap province.
Cambodian officials, and regional dignitaries from 14 other Asian countries, will join the launch.
Officials and dignitaries are also set to visit the Angkor temple site, while artists from invited Asian countries will perform.
The invited countries include Nepal, Russia, Japan, South Korea, China, The Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Pakistan, Turkey and India.
Cambodia has three cultural sites and five other cultural practices and expressions of intangible heritage listed on the World Heritage List.