The Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) has agreed in principle to nominate Battambang city of Battambang province as a candidate of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the creative field of gastronomy.

The agreement was made at the request of the Ministry of Tourism with support from the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts as well as the Battambang provincial administration, said H.E. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism on June 26.

H.E. Minister explained the RGC’s decision by Battambang’s potential for Gastronomy Tourism.

With the membership in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, Cambodia will have the right to use the Network’s logo to promote the potential and specialties of its city as well as the whole nation, especially its Gastronomy Tourism, the world’s new trend.

According to UNESCO’s online source, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. The 246 cities which currently make up this network work together towards a common objective: placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level.

The Network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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