H.E. Mrs. Phoeurng Sackona, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts, has laid stress on the important cultural and artistic principles of the Kingdom of Cambodia, at the celebration of the 55th ASEAN Day Celebration, held at Chaktomuk Conference Hall in Phnom Penh yesterday afternoon.
In recent years, she said, Cambodia has set forth policies and strategies to safeguard and preserve our rich tangible and intangible cultural heritage while harnessing these cultural resources for economic development, especially through the travel and tourism industries, which contributed 21 percent to Cambodia’s GDP in 2019.
One of Cambodian main cultural policies is to promote and foster a culture-based creative economy, she continued, underlining that cultural and creative industries have started to thrive and contribute quite significantly to the community economic and social development in ASEAN and the world at large.
“We also have other important tasks that require strong cooperation and partnership in bilateral and multilateral frameworks, especially in the field of culture in our efforts to reach the goals of ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint 2025. Within the framework of ASEAN Ministers responsible for Culture and Arts, we must jointly solve the challenges, most especially overcoming the current impacts of COVID-19, to find way for the cultural sector to move forward in a more vibrant and energetic manner,” she said.
ASEAN Day is about celebrating solidarity across borders and what this means to our people, by way of enhancing community outreach and cooperation, whether economic, political-security, or socio-cultural, she noted, hoping that the event is not only the celebration of culture, but will strengthen the bonds of friendship, cultural harmony, positivity and joy, allowing the ASEAN people to exchange ideas and learn from each other to enrich their understanding the similarities and diversity of the ASEAN member states.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press