Negotiate and sign international treaties, agreements in the fields of arts and culture

Viet Nam
Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Key objectives of the measure:

- Enhance exchange and cooperation in the fields of arts and culture to improve mutual understanding and friendship between Vietnamese and foreign peoples through the participation and enjoyment of artistic and cultural activities.

- Improve the professional capacity of artists and experts working in the fields of culture and of cultural agencies participating in cooperative programmes.

Scope of the measure:
Nature of the measure:
Main feature of the measure:

Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism takes the leading role in negotiating and submitting to the Government the signing of bilateral cultural cooperation agreements, cultural cooperation programmes and plans between ministries responsible for culture, taking these as foundations for implementing cultural and artistic exchange and cooperative activities between countries. In pursuance with the signed international agreements, the partners will be involved in planning and allocating budget, as well as implementing the activities.

The cooperative activities are wide with different fields, including traditional and modern performing activities, namely music, fine arts, cinema, cultural heritage, literature, publishing, library, author’s rights, radio and television, youth…

Forms of cooperation are very diverse, from the exchange of high-level delegations to discuss management issues and policies, to exchange expert delegations, scholarships, organizing cultural and artistic events such as the Cultural Week, the performing arts, exhibitions, film weeks... of this country in the other country, participation of this country into international art Festival held in countries that signed the agreements...

Some agreements have built the financial mechanisms based on the principle of mutual reciprocity and work out specific plans on time, number of people, number of days related to the exchange programs.

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

- Create a cooperative mechanism between the government agencies in charge of culture of the two countries to promote cultural exchange activities between the two countries.

- Improved capacity to formulate policies, the state management of the cultural and artistic managers and administrators of Viet Nam

- Develop partnerships between cultural and artistic institutions of the two countries

- Professions and competency of artists, experts participating in the program of cooperation, exchanges are strengthened, improved and they could  have access to other forms of new cultural expressions.

- Introduce cultural and creative values ​​of Viet Nam to foreign countries, increasing interest and understanding of the people of that country for Viet Nam, enhance friendship between the two countries, and gradually expand markets consuming cultural products and services of Viet Nam later.

- The public audience and creative individuals, enterprises in the country have more opportunities to gain access to new forms of artistic and cultural consumption trends in the world of arts.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

State budget

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:

The negotiation and signing of international treaties, international cooperation agreements on culture create a legal basis for the implementation of cooperation activities between the two countries. However, in order to efficiently exploit these cooperation instruments, we should develop specific plans/programs in which identifying funding sources, timing, in-charge agencies for implementing activities... Apart from cooperation agreements between the two governments and program/plan of cooperation between the ministries of culture, cooperation agreements between cultural and artistic organizations of the two countries should be encouraged.

In 3 years from 2013 to the end of 2015, Vietnam has signed nearly 30 governmental and ministerial cooperation documents in the fields of culture and art with countries like India, Egypt, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Germany, Hungary, Greece, Italy, Iran, Laos, Russia, Japan, France, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, China, Thailand ... and nearly 20 cooperation documents between the arts and cultural organizations such as the National History Museum, Viet Nam Fine arts Museum, Viet Nam Film Institute, Viet Nam National Academy of Music, National Library of Viet Nam… were signed with foreign partners.

Indicators used to determine impact:
To implement cultural cooperation programmes between Viet Nam and the Russian Federation, the two Ministries of Culture successfully joint-organized the Russian Culture Days in Viet Nam (2013) in Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh city and Binh Duong province. The opening ceremony and art show held in Ha Noi Opera House received the presence of President Vladimir Putin and President Truong Tan Sang; In 2014, Vietnamese Cultural Days took place in Moscow, St.Petersburg and Yaroslavl (Russian Federation) with outstanding art performances, film screenings, lacquer painting exhibition and seminars attracted the attention of the wider public and the Russian media.Implementing the agreement of the two governments, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations, the France - Viet Nam Exchange Year 2013 - 2014 was held with nearly 100 cultural and artistic activities of France organized in Viet Nam in 2013 and more than 70 cultural and artistic events introducing Viet Nam in Paris and French localities in 2014. These cultural and artistic activities helped hundreds of artists of the two countries to widely introduce to public audience their cultural and artistic creations, to interact, to find new inspirations. Public audience in the two countries can interact and enjoy rich artistic and cultural programmes, getting access to new cultural expressions, thus enhancing mutual understanding and friendship between the two countries.To implement signed cooperation documents, many cultural and artistic activities of Viet Nam were held in foreign countries such as Viet Nam Culture Week in Cambodia, Laos, India, Greece, Vietnamese Culture Year in the Czech Republic... In Viet Nam, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism supports embassies of foreign countries to organize dozens of international artistic and cultural events each year, introducing to Vietnamese public audience the cultural diversity of the countries in the world, through cultural days of Philippines, Kazakhstan, Japan, strings of Italian art and cultural programmes in Viet Nam...