Addressing the ceremony, Deputy Secretary General for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Kung Phoak said the ACHDA project is an important step forward in raising awareness about the diverse cultural heritages of the region.

Japanese Ambassador to ASEAN Akira Chiba emphasized that the ACHDA is a creative project that brings benefit for not only ASEAN but the world also.

After its first phase which started in 2018, the ACHDA at introduces 160 cultural heritage artefacts in the digital forms of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.  

The project is funded by the Japanese Government through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

The second phase of ACHDA will continue to digitize cultural artefacts of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, with other ASEAN member states to follow soon in the future.