In the past 5 years, the picture of the development of cultural industries in Vietnam has many bright spots

Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Viet Nam,
12 September 2022, Viet Nam

In the afternoon of 12/9, in Hanoi, the Vietnam National Institute of Culture & Arts Studies in collaboration with UNESCO Office in Viet Nam, UN-Habitat, Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports and Hanoi Museum organized a workshop to summarize 5 years of implementation of the Strategy for the development of cultural industries (2016-2021). Deputy Minister of Culture,Sports and Tourism  Doan Van Viet attended the workshop.

Developing cultural industries is a top priority

The workshop is an important step in preparing for the preliminary 5-year implementation of the Cultural Industries Development Strategy (2016-2021) to be organized by the Ministry in November 2022.

Speaking at the opening, Deputy Minister Doan Van Viet emphasized that the workshop is an important activity of the cultural sector, where participants exchange, share and evaluate a development journey of cultural industries in Vietnam in the past 5 years.

According to the Deputy Minister, the development of cultural industries is a top priority in the national cultural development policy. To realize this goal, in 2016, the Government approved the Strategy for the development of cultural industries to 2020, with a vision to 2030.

With a holistic mindset and approach, the Strategy aims to enhance the value of culture in all aspects such as economic growth, job creation, promoting social inclusion, protecting the environment, enhancing people's spiritual lives and enhancing the competitiveness of local and national brands. The implementation of the Strategy for the development of cultural industries to 2020, with a vision to 2030, has really become a driving force for the cultural system to enter deeper transformations.

Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is deeply aware of its mission and important role in realizing the objectives set by the Strategy and strives to transform this initial momentum into concrete actions. From contributing to the improvement of the policy framework to the implementation of specific plans and programs, MCST has been making an important mark in the achievements of cultural industries in Vietnam in the past 5 years.

"However, the role of the Ministry will not be able to be effective without the active cooperation and support of many ministries, sectors, international organizations and individuals dedicated to culture and arts," the Deputy Minister emphasized.

According to Deputy Minister Doan Van Viet, in the process of development of culture in general and cultural industry in particular, besides achievements, there are always limitations and challenges. The comprehensive development that we always expect and want to achieve requires periodic assessments to fully and objectively consider the practical impacts of the Strategy.

This evidence is the basis for us to identify the necessary transformation requirements as well as new factors and new motivations to ensure the achievement of the cultural industry development goals that we are working towards. In this sense, this is the right time for us to carry out this important task.

According to Ms. Nguyen Thi Thu Phuong, Director of Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies (VICAS), cultural industries in Vietnam are gradually being considered as a driving force – while directly contributing to economic and social benefits.

If in 2015, cultural industries contributed 2.68% of GDP (gross domestic product), after 3 years of implementing the Strategy, 12 cultural industries contributed revenue of about 8,081 billion USD, equivalent to 3.61% of GDP in 2018, bringing jobs to more than 3 million workers, accounting for 6.1% of total employed workers nationwide...

Compared to other industries, the cost of reproduction in the cultural industry is low but the growth rate is high, accounting for more than 7% of the world's GDP with a steady average annual increase of 10%. Therefore, in many countries, the cultural industry is promoted to develop, becoming a key economic sector.