WorldCP profile for Vietnam launched

19 December 2013, Viet Nam

We are delighted to announce the publication of the WorldCP profile for Vietnam - the first ever compilation and analysis of the cultural policies of Vietnam on

Written by Mr Bui Hoai Son, the profile was officially launched by Karsten Warnecke, Deputy Executive Director, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF),and Sarah Gardner, Executive Director, IFACCA at the ASEF Experts' Meeting and Public Forum - Creative Economy in Asia and Europe: Emerging Pillar of Economic Growth and Development, held in Hanoi, Vietnam on 4-5 December.

At the launch, Mr Son said that preparing the profile had given him the opportunity ‘to examine Vietnamese culture and cultural policies from another point of view. In this view, I can see the link between culture and different aspects of society such as cultural/creative industries, social cohesion and cultural policies, new technologies and digitalisation in the arts and culture, status and partnerships of public cultural institutions etc. Or in other words, I have to put culture in its complicated environment to examine its policies. Thanks to this viewpoint, I have more understanding of my culture and cultural policies.’

We would like to congratulate Mr Son as well as Anmol Vellani, Regional Editor of WorldCP-Asia.

As for all WorldCP profiles, the report covers eight key areas of cultural policy:

• Historical perspective: cultural policies and instruments

• General objectives and principles of cultural policy

• Competence, decision-making and administration

• Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

• Main legal provisions in the cultural field

• Financing of culture

• Public institutions in cultural infrastructure

• Promoting creativity and participation

This structure mirrors exactly that developed over 15 years by ERICarts and the Council of Europe [] in creating the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe. The Compendium team has been fundamental in the development of the WorldCP project and we thank them for their ongoing support and guidance.

The profile is one of the first profiles to be prepared for a country in Asia and is part of WorldCP-Asia, a major initiative to document the cultural policies of countries in Asia. 

WorldCP-Asia is a central component in the development of WorldCP, a central, web-based and continuously updated database of country-specific profiles of policies that relate to culture. Modelled on the Council of Europe/ERICarts Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe, it will also provide the capacity to monitor and analyse global trends in key aspects of cultural policies.

WorldCP-Asia is being coordinated by a partnership between the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)and the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA).

To see the WorldCP profile on Vietnam, click here.