Promoting culture as a major Cambodian asset

Ky Soklim, Thmey Thmey senior journalist interviews Mr Lim Bun Hok, Strategic Advisor at AVI and Secretary-General of the Cambodian National Commission for UNESCO, was interviewed by Thmey Thmey on the role of Cambodia in promoting human heritage.

LIM BUN HOK: It is my great honour and pleasure to serve the Cambodian National Commission for UNESCO. My appointment reflects the trust that His Majesty the King and the Royal Government have in me. The former secretary general achieved a great deal over many years before I joined the national commission — for example, the preservation of Khmer manuscripts, the research at Cheung Ek archaeological site, digitization of archives at the Cambodian National Library, regional training of young managers of World Heritage Sites, just to mention a few. But I believe there are still more opportunities, in particular in terms of coordination with relevant ministries, regional and international cooperation and internal capacity development.

Need for greater visibility 
The immediate priority would be to make the Cambodian public know more about what the national commission does, then to bring more visibility for the Cambodian National Commission at the regional level, then at the international level. To do so, I need to initiate more regional and international cooperation activities to further strengthen collaboration with UNESCO’s Phnom Penh office in all sectors under UNESCO’s mandate and to invite competent people to help our commission. 
 Since I have taken office, we have set up our own email address, our website is being developed, we are supporting the Asian Cultural Council to conduct research on Asian cultural policy — and we will be doing much more in the years to come. In 2023 for example, the national commission will organize a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Congress of Asian and North African Studies under the High Patronage of His Majesty the King. You see? Step by step, we will make the national commission play a key role. We will try to better communicate what we are doing.

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