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France aids Vietnam with heritage preservation

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The French Embassy in Vietnam on May 9 rolled out a project called “Share and Protect Vietnam’s Heritage” to promote and preserve the country’s natural and cultural heritage.

The project receiving up to VND14 billion, or 650,000 euros, from the French Government will be carried out during the 2022-2024 period, with multiple activities focusing on offering training courses for museum staff, developing training programs associated with museum vocations at Vietnam-based universities and designing pilot heritage conservation projects.

French Ambassador Nicolas Warnery said, “The project opens up a new stage for key cooperation between France and Vietnam, demonstrating the aspiration of both to boost the ties in natural and cultural heritage, especially in preservation activities via training courses.”

Speaking at a press briefing to announce the launch of the project on the day, Sophie Maysonnave, Counsellor for Cooperation and Cultural Activities at the French Embassy, said that cultural partnership, especially in the heritage and museum fields, is one of the long-term and firm mainstays of the bilateral relationship. From 2004 to 2011, France actively cooperated with Vietnam to deploy numerous projects to promote Vietnam’s historical heritage.

Nguyen Trung Minh, general director of the Vietnam National Museum of Nature, said that the “Share and Protect Vietnam’s Heritage” project and other heritage preservation ones will help strengthen the partnership between Vietnamese museums and French ones, contributing to bringing the Vietnam National Museum of Nature and other Vietnamese museums to higher levels in the global market.

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