The ASEF Experts’ Meeting and Public Forum on ‘Creative Economy in Asia and Europe: Emerging Pillar of Economic Growth & Development’ will take place on 4-5 December 2013 in Hanoi, VietNam. The meeting will address current debates surrounding the growth of the creative and cultural industries, which are widely acknowledged as dynamic sectors of Asian and European economies offering high growth opportunities.
This meeting is organised as part of the ‘ASEF Cultural Policy Dialogue Series’ and complements ASEF’s support to the WorldCP-International Database of Cultural Policies. The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, VietNam are partners for the ‘WorldCP’ initiative as well as the upcoming ASEF Experts’ Meeting and Public Forum. The meeting is also supported by the British Council.
Creative industries was identified as an important area of mutual interest and common relevance for Asia-Europe dialogue at the Experts’ Meeting on Cultural Policy (October 2011, Australia) organised in the framework of ‘WorldCP-Asia’. This topic is also high on the political agenda of Ministers of Culture in Asia and Europe, who meet biennially in the framework of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). The 6th ASEM Culture Ministers’ Meeting (2014, The Netherlands) will specifically focus on the topic of creative industries.
The cultural policy profiles of India, South Korea and Vietnam, commissioned through the ‘WorldCP’ initiative, will be launched in Hanoi.