New Law Aimed at Promoting Development of Cultural Industries

It is essential to establish specific policies to promote the development of Hanoi's cultural industry and contribute to the municipal Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP). Delay is no longer an option.

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Authorities and cultural experts have proposed the inclusion of a provision specifically dedicated to the cultural industry in the Capital Law. This is seen as an important development strategy for Hanoi.

The proposed update to the Capital Law (Amended) includes a group of policies focused on cultural protection and development. These policies aim to provide legal instruments that will protect cultural heritage and promote the capital’s cultural identity.

Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra in a performance. File Photo

The draft law covers various aspects, including human resource development, preservation of architectural, cultural, and historical works, protection of culture and sports, and mobilization of resources for cultural development. It aims to promote public-private partnerships in culture and sports and provide more investment incentives.

According to Deputy Minister of Justice Tran Tien Dung, the draft law includes regulations falling under the jurisdiction of multiple ministries and agencies. Therefore, it is essential to have a regulatory framework to facilitate coordination among these agencies, enabling Hanoi to become a pioneering city in building the cultural industry in Vietnam.

A cheo (traditional operetta) performance in Hanoi. Photo: The Hanoi Times

Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Trinh Thi Thuy has suggested the need for more enforceable regulations to boost Hanoi’s cultural industry.

Thuy emphasized the importance of conducting further research and clarification on the provisions of the Capital Law or the Law on Cultural Heritage. She specifically called for an article dedicated to the development of Hanoi’s cultural industry, rather than scattered provisions in different articles, as currently proposed in the draft law.

In addition, the Hanoi People’s Committee should have a legal instrument to oversee the construction, management, and use of architectural works, to ensure preservation and promotion of their values.

Tran Dung Hai, a representative of Hanoi University of Culture, highlighted the need for specific mechanisms to develop the cultural industry in Hanoi. He noted that the existing Capital Law of 2012 has an article on cultural preservation and development, but it does not adequately promote the development of the cultural industry in line with Hanoi’s unique characteristics and important role.

“The amended Capital Law should explicitly address cultural industries. Hanoi is a fast-growing, sustainable socio-economic region and a key economic area for the country, especially after undergoing administrative boundary adjustments for 15 years,” said Hai.

He expressed hope that the amended Capital Law would include specific regulations on culture, harmonizing the preservation of cultural identity with economic development, and recognizing culture and people as driving forces behind the capital’s development.