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General Secretary of the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Association, Motoyoshi Ryokichi told a Tokyo-based Vietnam News Agency correspondent that he was very impressed by the festival, saying that it not only helps promote cultural exchange and tourism cooperation between the two countries, but also fosters bilateral political, economic, trade and investment relations.
Participants from cultural and governmental organisations are focused on the cultural industry in the two-day workshop "Cultural Industry: Its Role in the Economy and a Suitable Policy Framework for Its Development in Viet Nam" held in Ha Noi yesterday. The workshop is expected to provide a reference for Vietnamese policy makers to develop supportive policies and mechanisms for arts and culture.
Vietnam and Myanmar, who share a number of cultural features, have agreed to more cultural exchanges in performing arts and archaeology.
Vietnam will participate in the sponsoring committee for the 2,500 years of Asia-Europe exchange exhibition in Belgium to promote its image internationally.
The year of cultural diplomacy 2009 was deployed strongly and comprehensively, contributing greatly to the foreign relations programme set out by the Party and State. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Pham Gia Khiem wrote these comments in an article entitled Milestones in the Year of Cultural Diplomacy 2009.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) held a meeting in Hanoi on January 22 to review the past year of cultural diplomacy and devise tasks for 2010.