Cambodian Prime Minister: Balance between Development and Conservation Needed

AKP, June 12, 2017 –Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen this morning stressed the need to strike a balance between development and conservation.

Addressing at the opening ceremony of the 2nd Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Tourism Ministers Meeting and the 1st UNESCO/UNWTO International Conference on Sustainable Tourism and Heritage Cities held in Siem Reap province, Samdech Techo Hun Sen recalled the experience of Cambodia, especially Phnom Penh, when there is imbalance between development and conservation.

“We cannot put [all buildings in] the city in conservation without development. Don’t think only about conservation and ignore the development, and vice-versa,” he underlined.

At the same time, Samdech Techo Hun Sen also highlighted the positive trend of the global and Cambodian tourism sector.

In the first quarter of this year, Cambodia attracted more than 1.5 million foreign visitors and this figure is expected to reach at least 5.4 million this year, and 7 million by 2020, said the Cambodian premier.

By Khan Sophirom