Food Diplomacy, a Soft Power to Boost Commerce, Tourism

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.E. Prak Sokhonn has spoken highly of food diplomacy, stressing that it is a ‘soft power’ that Cambodia could utilise to promote commerce, culture, tourism, exports and bolster culinary proficiency.

The DPM made the remarks while presiding over the “Progress Meeting of Economic Diplomacy Working Group for the First Quarter of 2023 and Consultative Meeting for the Selection of Khmer Food to Welcome Foreign Guests”, organised here on April 25 in a hybrid format by the Economic Diplomacy Coordinating Group (EDCG), according to a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFAIC) AKP received this afternoon.

The Cambodian top diplomate highly commended the cooperation and support from relevant ministries and the private sector in the implementation of the Economic Diplomacy Strategy 2021-2023, and expressed his support for the initiative of selecting Khmer dishes to welcome foreign guests, which required inputs from relevant stakeholders in both public and private sectors to preserve national identity and to guarantee a high standard of tastes and ingredients in Khmer food in the hope to promote Khmer cuisine and to further raise national prestige on the international stage.

Approximately 200 participants were present at the meeting, including senior officials, heads of Cambodian Missions abroad, and diplomatic officials of the MFAIC, as well as representatives from Cambodian Hotel Association, Cambodian Restaurant Association, among others.

The core objective of this meeting was to review the achievements of the Economic Diplomacy working group in the first quarter of 2023 and to provide a platform for relevant ministries and the private sector to discuss and provide inputs on the selection and standardisation of Khmer cuisines in respect of menus, ingredients, tastes, presentation, and quality at hotels and restaurants.

Following this meeting, H.E. Dr. Nhim Khemara, Secretary of State and Head of the Economic Diplomacy Coordinating Group, hosted a dinner event for all participants to experience the flavours and to appreciatively comprehend the ingredients and culinary techniques of Khmer cuisine.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse