At the Opening Ceremony on the morning of March 21st, Dr. Chhun Bum Sum, Vice President of Royal Academy, Dr. Howard Rosen, WWDF Chairman, Dr. Chung-Yun Hse, President of IWCS, Dr. Andrew Wong, IUFRO representative, Dr. Mon-Lin Kuo, IWCS Vice-President and and Mr. Mike Hou, IWCS Director welcomed honorable guests His Excellency Mr. Kanharith Khieu, the Minister of Information, and Madam Mrs. TEP Rainsy Khieu. The ceremony began with Cambodian traditional dance and music and followed by welcome remarks from the listed representatives and a ribbon cutting ceremony with international music performances by three professional music groups from Russia, Mexico and Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire). The planting of four memorial trees (Kra Nhoung, Dalbergia cochinchinensis Pierre) at the event venue concluded the Opening Ceremony.