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3.3 Inter-ministerial or intergovernmental co-operation

Co-operation between the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and other ministries

Ministries other than the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism participate directly in public cultural development. Those principally concerned are the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education and Training, Ministry of Information and Communication and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A wide range of cultural projects are undertaken by these ministries in the fields of funding for arts and culture, training in the arts, bringing art and cultural information to people, especially in remote areas, cultural diplomacy activities and cultural initiatives outside of Vietnam.

The Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism are carrying out many projects such as national target programmes on culture.

The Ministry of Education and Training and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism are implementing a plan to bring traditional arts to schools.

In regard to international cultural relations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is responsible for cultural diplomacy, is encouraging cultural and artistic exchanges through its embassies. Some cultural attaché were selected by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to work in the embassies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Co-operation between the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and local authorities

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism controls and supervises certain cultural activities put in place by local authorities. In the structure of the culture sector, each province has a provincial department of culture, sports and tourism. These departments work as professional units of the ministry at the local level.

Cultural events are divided into different levels. If it is a district or provincial event, it comes under the local authorities. On the other hand, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism plays a key role in regulating all partners to organise regional, national and international events. In particular, some international festivals such as the annual Carnival in Ha Long Bay, the Firework Festival in Da Nang, the Kite Flying Festival in Vung Tau, etc. are organised by local authorities with active support from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.


Chapter published: 30-11-2013


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