Presence of the Cultural Institute at the Asia Cultural Cooperation Forum


    The first Asia Cultural Cooperation Forum took place in Hong Kong on 29 and 30 September. Organised by the Hong Kong Home Affairs Bureau, the forum was attended by cultural leaders, individuals and organisations from various countries, namely Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, South Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia and Japan, for the purpose of promoting cultural and artistic exchanges in the Asiatic region. The Cultural Institute was represented by its Vice-President, Dr. Alice Wong.

    The morning of the 29th was dedicated to the Asia Cultural Cooperation Forum Ministers’ Meeting, which took place at Government House, attended by, among others, the Director General of the Cultural Department of Guangdong Province, the Deputy Minister for Arts and Film of the Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Special Assistant to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Deputy Minister for Culture and Tourism, the President of the Philippine National Commission for Culture and Arts, the Singaporean Minister for Information, Communication and the Arts, the Deputy Minister from the Thai Ministry of Culture, and the Vietnamese Deputy Minister for Culture and Information.

    Patrick Ho, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Home Affairs, noted that, within the trend towards globalisation and a knowledge-based economy, culture is being increasingly seen as the driving force for growth and for increasing civic pride. He highlighted the importance of strengthening regional connections through cooperation and cultural exchanges. The various delegates present agreed that the relation between culture and economy is growing ever closer in the 21st Century, and that each state ought to strengthen cooperation, learn about others’ strengths in order to correct their own weaknesses, and develop and encourage the creative industries by preserving and spreading its own cultural identity.

    During the afternoon of the 29th, there was an open forum at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, featuring success stories related with “Performing Arts” and “Art, Crafts and Antiques”. On the 30th, the success stories related to “Publishing”, “Film and Video” and “Design”.

    Dr. Alice Wong felt that the forum allowed the Cultural Institute of the Government of Macao Special Administrative Region to become better acquainted with the cultural development of the region around Macao, and its tendency to invest in developing the creative industries, thereby contributing towards increasing cooperation between the Cultural Institute and other territories.

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