Cambodia is one of the world’s poorest countries. In Seam Reap, Artisans Angkor has been set up as a public-private partnership with the aim of supporting the local economy through tourism. Every year, Seam Reap is where two million people begin their visit to the spectacular temple complex of Angkor Wat.
Accompanied by representatives of the tourism ministry, Sokuntha Eam, spokesperson for Artisans Angkor, described the company’s concept at ITB Berlin. Artisans Angkor emphasises taking social responsibility for its employees and re-invests any profits. Young people are trained here as craftsmen in the space of six to 12 months. They manufacture ceramic items, silk textiles, sculptures and jewellery using traditional methods. At ITB Berlin, Sokuntha Eam presented a new service: tourists are able to visit selected workshops. “The idea is not only to sell art, but to participate in the travel market as well“, said Eam.
The project was set up in 1992 by Cambodia’s ministry of education in cooperation with French partners. Artisans Angkor currently numbers 1,100 employees, of whom 800 are craftsmen. Employees are insured, receive medical healthcare and above-average training opportunities. The network comprises 48 workshops.
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