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Culture should be put on par with politics, economy, society: Party chief

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Party’s leadership and the State’s management of cultural activities must be reformed to develop culture on par with politics, economy and society, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said at the National Cultural Conference, held today, November 24.

The Party and authorities at all levels must formulate programs and plans on cultural development and mobilize resources to deploy them, the local media reported.

Trong said culture had contributed significantly to the country’s establishment and development. However, it has yet to be developed equally with economy and politics and become a driving force in the country’s sustainable development.

The role of culture in human growth has yet to be emphasized.

Therefore, he mentioned four solutions to develop Vietnamese culture and people.

The thought of focusing on economic development and ignoring culture should be eliminated. Developing the economy and building the Party are key tasks but developing culture is also equally important.

The investment in the development of culture should be raised appropriately, sourced from the State budget and other domestic and foreign resources.

The Party General Secretary also required the training of officials in charge of cultural development to meet the requirements and missions in the new period. He stressed the decisive role of officials in all works; so, personnel arrangement must be prioritized.

Policies for artists and those in charge of cultural development must also be improved, Trong added.

In addition, the relevant agencies should pay more attention to the preservation, embellishment and promotion of traditional cultural values of regions and ethnic groups, while heeding new cultural values.

The country is currently home to 166 museums, including four national museums with over three million exhibits, nearly 3,500 national relics, 288 national intangible cultural heritages and 27 world cultural heritages recognized by UNESCO, which are valuable and must be conserved and promoted.

Trong also asked for the promotion of positive behaviors in society, especially on social media and among artists.

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