Prime Minister Hun Sen has received the certification as Global Ambassador for Tourism and Sustainable Development Goals from the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT). The ceremony took place at the Peace Palace. In addition, Phnom Penh was granted the status of World Capital of Culture and Tourism.
Congratulating the PM and presenting him with the letter of designation ceremony was Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade. The ECTT was founded in 2005;, has its headquarters in Bucharest, Romania; and is associated with 27 European nations.
Dr. Anton said that Mr. Hun Sen has helped the people of Cambodia attain national pride, independence, economic growth and stable jobs, and has helped millions to be lifted out of poverty. He admires the premier for giving them a sense of direction, of stability in a troubled world.
“This is what we expect from a Global Ambassador for Tourism and SDGs in the world of today – to help us restore hope to the world,” he said. “We have entrusted him [the PM] with the highest honor we can give: to be our voice, to represent humanity’s aspirations for a better world, to be our world ambassador, leader and creator of visionary policies.”
Mr Hun Sen expressed his gratitude for the appointment – not just in his own name, but in the name of the entire Cambodian people.
“I will do my best to fulfill His Excellency’s [Dr Anton] expectations,” he said, adding that the government pledged itself to advance culture and tourism in response to the trust given it by the ETCC. The premier also pointed out that maintaining peace and stability is key for development, and Cambodia could not progress and prosper without peace.