- Stronger and more effective partnership created for cultural governance, research and development
- Vietnamese NGOs empowered and mobilized to submit funding requests for cultural industry projects to the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD)
- 15 national team members trained in data collection, indicator-building and periodic reporting
- Second Quadrennial Periodic Report submitted to UNESCO on June 2016
Cultural and creative industries are experiencing a new era in Viet Nam. In 2014, Viet Nam developed its first “National Strategy for the Development of the Cultural Industries by 2020, with a vision to 2030”, recognizing the key role of culture to the country’s development. In tandem, the country’s growing middle class has become ever more interested in enjoying creative and cultural products emerging from the nation’s vibrant fashion, music, and film industries. This burgeoning national market coupled with Viet Nam’s large export of cultural goods (US$489. 15 million in 2013 according to UNESCO Institute for Statistics) represents a powerful opportunity for cultural and creative industries.
In recent years, Viet Nam has also established several mechanisms to ensure the participation of cultural professionals in the governance of culture. Structures operating at both the national and regional levels exist such as the musician’s association, the writer’s association and other civil society networks.
This capacity building action comes at a vital time for Vietnam with the country poised to take full advantage of its rich and diverse cultural assets. The activities strengthening periodic reporting provide an opportunity to show where progress has been made and where gaps still exist. At the same time, the project offers the possibility to strengthen the dialogue between the government and civil society and ensure participatory policy monitoring processes.