An event to foster entrepreneurship in Cambodia has seen the Southeast Asian kingdom wrest the world record for the largest practical business seminar away from Indonesia.
AEC News Today was able to independently verify the success of Cambodia’s world record attempt with Guinness World Records overnight, after numerous requests over the past two months went unanswered.
In a tightly worded email a Guinness World Record spokesperson, ‘Jessica’, said:
“I can confirm that the record for the Largest practical business seminar is as follows:
The largest practical business seminar consists of 2,304 participants, achieved by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) (Cambodia), in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on 24 August 2017.”
Defending the almost two month-long delay in announcing the result when Thailand organisers received their certificate on the day it set a world record for ‘the largest buffet‘ during the 2017 Samui Festival, and in 2014 for the ‘largest gathering of Santa’s elves’, ‘Jessica’ said that time was needed to review all the evidence “which can sometimes be a number of weeks after the attempt has taken place”. Multiple requests on when, or how the award will be presented, were not responded to.
An employee of Cambodia’s MoEYS who requested anonymity as he was not authorised to discuss the matter with the media, confirmed that the ministry had been informed of the success, but was waiting for the minister to be available to make a public announcement. Cambodia’s parliament is currently in session and ministers are not expected to be available until around the end of the month.
Similarly, an officer at the Phnom Penh office of the International labour Organization (ILO), who helped organise the event, acknowledged that they had been informed on October 5 of the result, but said she was not able to comment further as the MoEYS was coordinating the announcement.
The successful world record challenge saw 2,304 young Khmer gather at the city’s Diamond Island Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICX) in Phnom Penh to take part in simultaneous workshops aimed at inspiring and developing entrepreneurial skills and spirit.
Participants were introduced to a variety of resources available to them, as well as heard from successful Khmer entrepreneurs before breaking into participatory small group activities designed to stimulate entrepreneurial spirit.
The world record attempt is part of a push by the MoEYS to promote entrepreneurship among Cambodian youth and raise awareness of how entrepreneurship has helped reshape the country’s economy.
This is not Cambodia’ first Guinness World Record. Other Cambodia world records include:
- The world record for the largest religious structure ever built, Angkor Wat,
- The world record as the home to the Laziest freshwater turtle – the giant soft-shelled turtle (Pelochelys cantorii)
- The world record for the most state roles held by a modern royal: set in 1993 by King Norodom Sihanouk
- The world record for the Largest sticky rice cake (num ansorm): weighing a whopping 4,040kg (8,906lb 10 oz) set on April 13, 2015 in Siem Reap to celebrate the 2015 Cambodian New Year
- The world record for the the largest Madison dance: set on April 15, 2015 by the Union Of Youth Federations of Cambodia (UYFC) in Siem Reap, to celebrate the 2015 Cambodia New Year
Prior to the August 24 challenge by Cambodia the previous Guinness World Record for the largest practical business seminar was set by Indonesia on November 19, 2016 in Jakarta, by Yohanes E. Pauly with an event which attracted 1,231 participants.
Feature photo Leakhena Khat
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