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New decree to regulate exhibition management

Update: July, 09/2016 - 09:00
Dialogue: Participants discuss a draft decree about exhibition management of cultural activities in Việt Nam. — VNS Photo Phương Mai
Viet Nam News

HCM City – A draft decree by the Department of Exhibition, Photography, and Fine Arts has proposed new regulations on exhibition management of cultural activities.

The decree was discussed at a conference on Tuesday in HCM City, with 50 representatives from the departments of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and Propaganda and Training from 15 provinces and cities, including HCM City, Đà Nẵng, Cần Thơ, and Lâm Đồng.

Vi Kiến Thành, head of the Department of Exhibition, Photography and Fine Arts, said the Prime Minister was expected to approve the decree in October.

The decree focuses on exhibiting items and works related to culture, arts, tourism and sports in Việt Nam and abroad.

It includes regulations on the government’s role in exhibition management, licensing for organising exhibitions inside and outside the country, and themes of exhibitions.

It proposes that provincial People’s Committees be in charge of exhibition management in localities, and give licences for exhibition programmes.

Participants at the conference pointed out that exhibitions involving foreign factors need the approval of People’s Committees.

Võ Văn Kiệt, a representative of the Tây Ninh Province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said: “The People’s Committees have many works and papers to complete, so issuing licenses should be given to the departments of Culture, Sports and Tourism.”

“If there was an exhibition related to foreign individuals or oganisations, the department would submit papers to the People’s Committee for approval,” he added.

“The opinions collected from experts and the public would be considered before the department makes final revisions on the draft plan and submits it to the Prime Minister,” said Thành from the Department of Exhibition, Photography and Fine Arts.

“Exhibitions are an effective way to promote Vietnamese culture, arts, sports and tourism to local people and foreigners,” he said, adding that the number of exhibitions in the country had increased year by year.

According to the Department of Exhibition, Photography and Fine Art’s statistics, there were 499 exhibitions held in Việt Nam in 2013, 589 in 2014 and 594 in 2015. VNS

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