Under a decision recently signed by Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha, the programme is set to be implemented nationwide and in several countries that have long-term cultural relations with Vietnam.

It will primarily focus on cultural heritage, grassroots-level culture, performing arts, fine arts, photography and exhibitions, cinematography, library, training, national culture; foreign culture, and cultural industry, among others.

The scheme puts forward eight groups of tasks and solutions, including perfecting cultural policies, improving the operational efficiency of cultural institutions, and building a healthy cultural environment. It underscores the importance of developing a contingent of writers, artists, intellectuals, and human resources for cultural management, training, and scientific research; creating distinctive cultural products of Vietnam; as well as promoting Vietnamese culture to the world.

Efforts will be made to preserve and protect heritages and indigenous cultures of various ethnic groups in danger of dying out; collect rare and ancient documents of special historical, cultural, and scientific value for preservation; and apply information technology and digital transformation advances in cultural heritage management.

The Government has requested that centrally-run cities and provinces allocate adequate capital and effectively mobilise capital from other resources in order to invest in new cultural projects, especially those in new urban areas.