UNESCO To Help Kerala in Spice Route heritage Project

Published on: 02 Aug, 2014
Published under: Kerala Travel News

Kerala State has been trying to preserve the age old ancient spice route which used to be the trading way of spices in early times of Kerala with 31 countries in Asia, the Far East, Africa, and Europe. Kerala was richly bestowed with various types of spices and was world famous for it.

UNESCO Director and representative to India Shigeru Aoyogi signed a memorandum of understanding with State Tourism Secretary Suman Billa here on Friday to formalize a framework of cooperation in heritage protection and promotion.

Addressing media persons after the event, Mr. Aoyogi said UNESCO was happy to work with the State government for inter-cultural and inter-faith dialogue to preserve heritage. Under the agreement, the Spice Route initiative will form the bedrock of cooperation between the two sides, along with protection and promotion of historically important areas of the State.

“The partnership with UNESCO is a major step towards reviving and remembering an ancient heritage (trail) in which Kerala was the undisputed leader on the global stage. By taking the initiative in bringing together different countries that were once part of the historic spice trade between Kerala and the rest of the world, we are not only promoting peace and cultural exchange, but also aiding the people of the State to become partners in development by realizing its mammoth tourism potential,” State Tourism Minister A.P. Anil Kumar said.

Src- http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/revisiting-the-ancient-spice-route/article6274940.ece

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