Creative and cultural industries are now widely acknowledged as dynamic sectors of the Asian and European economies offering high growth opportunities. The topic is also high on the cultural agenda of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). However, debates continue on the increasing tension between markets and culture as well as the role of culture in development. These ongoing discussions call for deeper analysis of existing policies and approaches related to the creative economy in both regions. In this context, ASEF is promoting dialogue and knowledge-sharing through the ASEF Cultural Policy Dialogue Series.

An ASEF Experts’ Meeting and Public Forum on Creative Economy in Asia and Europe: Emerging Pillar of Economic Growth & Development on 4-5 December 2013 in Hanoi, Vietnam brought together 30 civil experts and government officials from 20 Asian and European countries for one and a half days of deliberation. The national creative industries’ strategy of Vietnam was also launched on this occasion, in the presence of Vietnam’s Deputy Minister for Culture, Sports and Tourism, HO Anh Tuan. The ASEF Experts’ Meeting and Public Forum was organised in partnership with the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Vietnam and with the support of the British Council, Vietnam and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Netherlands.

A second ASEF Experts’ Meeting and Public Forum on Creative Economy in Asia and Europe will be organised in the Netherlands in 2014 to channel ideas and recommendations to the 6th ASEM Culture Ministers’ Meeting in October 2014 in the Netherlands. A mapping of good practices will also be undertaken by ASEF.