Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien had a working session with Mr. Agostinho Andre De Carvalho Fernades, Ambassador of Angola in Vietnam (Source: CPV)

On June 30th, in Hanoi, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien had a meeting with Mr. Agostinho Andre De Carvalho Fernades, Angola Ambassador to Vietnam.

At the meeting, Ambassador Agostinho Andre De Carvalho Fernades expressed his hope that two sides will achieve good results in the field of cultural cooperation, sports and tourism. He also shared that the Seventh Session of the Joint Committee, which was expected to take place this year, will be held next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be also an advantage when the two sides have more time to prepare for some related content. The Ambassador Agostinho Andre De Carvalho Fernades emphasized that culture will be the core of cooperation between Vietnam and Angola in the fields of culture, sports and tourism.

Cultural cooperation also shows the exchange between the peoples of the two countries, helping the two peoples better understand the long history and culture of each country. Vietnam has sent many experts in different fields to Angola, but there is no cultural expert.  Ambassador Agostinho Andre De Carvalho Fernades also asked the Vietnamese side to share more experiences in the field of preserving cultural and historical works.

Minister Thien highly appreciated the importance of bilateral cooperation in the fields of culture, sports and tourism. While culture is an extremely important field, tourism is also a key economic sector, contributing 20% of GDP to the country. Sports is the field of branding, helping to promote the country's image in the fastest and most effective way. Over the past few years, with many achievements, sports has promoted the image of Vietnam.

Mr. Thien said that the Seventh Session of the Joint Committee plays an important role, creating a start for bilateral cooperation in the fields of culture, sports and tourism. Therefore, the two sides need to have a thorough preparation for the presentation at the meeting. He hoped that Angola would work with related ministries and agencies to prepare cooperation contents, stating specific requirements for Vietnam in the field of cultural preservation, experiences in ecotourism development and expert exchange to submit to the government for inclusion in the Angola Agenda. On the Vietnamese side, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will also actively contact the respective ministries and branches in Angola to discuss appropriate cooperation contents and report to the government if possible. If approved, the contents will be put into the agenda./.

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