OF THE AMBASSADOR OF INDONESIA TO THE KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA
H.E NGURAH SWAJAYA
ON THE SEMINAR ON "THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SISTER SITES OF
BOROBUDUR AND ANGKOR WAT WORLD CULTURAL HERITAGES"
SIEM REAP, 5 DESEMBER 2009
Excellency Mr. Mao Vuthy, The Vice Governor of Siem Reap,
Excellency Mr. Ok Sophon, Director General of Heritage, Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of the Kingdom of Cambodia,
Excellency Mr. Hari Untoro Drajat, Director General for History and Archeology, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia,
Ladies and gentlemen,
It gives me a great pleasure to welcome you all to this seminar and to the well known city of wonder, Siem Riep. This city is well known for the great cultural heritage site of Angkor Wat, a trail of great civilization of the Kingdom of Cambodia. I wish to take this opportunity to thank the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of Cambodia and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Indonesia for taking this initiative of organize this important seminar.
Let me also thank the government of Siem Riep, particularly the Vice Governor Mao Vuthy for his support and his gracious presence at the opening of this seminar. I wish to recognize the hard work of the organizing committee for making this event possible.
The seminar on management of world's heritage cultural site is organized with the backdrop of the well known Angkor Wat, the great cultural civilization of Cambodia. The seminar is presenting the expert speakers from both Indonesia and Cambodia to exchange their views and experiences in managing their respective cultural heritage site of Borobudur and Angkor Wat.
Long-term good relations between Indonesia and Cambodia dates back centuries ago with trail of great civilization that we could still be seen by the present and future generations. With such good cooperation as the background, both countries are also pursuing further their good cooperation involving all levels of stakeholders both at the central and local government levels.
To enhance further good bilateral relations, particularly on cultural field, Indonesia participated in the restoration of Angkor Wat, particularly the restoration of the Royal Palace Gates known as ITASA Project in 1994, both countries also signatories to the Borobudur Declaration on Trail of Civilization in 2006. The government of Central Java and Siem Riep also signed an MOU on Sister Temple Province Cooperation in 2007 and organized various joint cultural events. And on February 2009, the two countries had signed MoU on Cultural Cooperation, in which, within this framework, this seminar is organized.
Ladies and gentlemen,
For the next two days, we will discuss, exchange ideas and vies as well as identifying ways and means to collaborate further our cooperation on the management of cultural heritage sites for the benefits of both countries. The discussion would hopefully resulted in a set of recommendations to enhance the cultural cooperation between Indonesia and Cambodia, particularly on the management of world's cultural heritage site.
I believe the seminar would be fruitful for the experts from both sides and would enable our respective capacity to improve our efforts to manage the cultural heritages sites for the present and future generations. The outcomes of this seminar will not only be valuable for the progress of cultural cooperation of Indonesia and Cambodia, but in a way, it could also contribute to the achievement of the establishment of the ASEAN Community 2015, particularly its ASEAN Socio-cultural Community pilar.
Through this seminar, I sincerely hope that both Indonesia and Cambodia would also be able to contribute to the promotion and preservation of ASEAN cultural heritage sites so as to ensure its preservation. Enhancing people awareness and understanding on our unique history, as well as to protect the distinctiveness of our cultural heritage sites is our common responsibility. In this regard, this seminar is not only timely but also necessary as part of education to our young generations.
Finally, let me reaffirms our commitment at the Indonesian Embassy to continue facilitating bilateral relations, particularly cultural cooperation. This seminar would certainly be followed by many more activities in order to enrich the understanding of both Indonesians and Cambodians concerning good long-standing relations between the two countries.
May the blessing of God the Almighty always bestowed upon us and may all of you are always be given a good health, happiness and prosperity.