National Strategy for the Development of Cultural Industries to 2020, vision 2030 (draft version) by Vietnam Institute of Culture and Arts Studies (VICAS), Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, with support from UNESCO and the British Council
The creative economy has become a powerful transformative force, and is one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the world economy (UNESCO, UNDP 2013). UNCTAD (2010) estimated the global exports of creative goods and services from ‘developing countries’ a total worth of US $592 billion in 2008. Recently in the Southeast Asia region, cultural industries have also been positioned as a major sector contributing to economic development. Yet in Vietnam, the cultural industries are still proportionately small as much of the resource and potential to develop the sector remain untapped. Vietnam is in need of a set of strategic, structural and regulatory elements to mobilise resources in order to realise the full potential for the development of cultural industries.
In response to the urgent need to promote the development of cultural industries in Vietnam, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, with support from UNESCO and the British Council, initiated a two year project from 2014 - 2016 to draft the National Strategy for the Development of Cultural Industries to 2020, vision 2030. In September 2016, the National Strategy was approved by the Prime Minister by Decision 1755/QĐ-TTg dated 08/09/2016.
This draft version of the National Strategy gives a good analysis of why Vietnam needs a cultural industries strategy, and a brief overview of the current situation of the cultural industries in Vietnam. It also presents key objectives and themes for the national strategy, as well as an action plan with immediate, short-term and long-term actions recommended for the development of the cultural industries in Vietnam.