Ambassador Pēteris Vaivars: culture is an important element in cooperation between Asia and Europe

03.02.2016. 12:23

On 1–2 February in Korea’s Gwangju Metropolitan City, the Ambassador of Latvia, Pēteris Vaivars, took part in the1st Preparatory Senior Officials’ Meeting for the 7th ASEM Culture Ministers' Meeting (ASEM CMM7) scheduled for 22–24 June in Gwangju.

The Latvian Ambassador highlighted the role of ASEM in cooperation between Asia and Europe, and cited culture as an important facet of ongoing intercontinental cooperation. I wish to extend my gratitude to the hosts of the event for successful preparations and smooth running of the meeting, which has undoubtedly laid a strong foundation for the ministerial meeting in June, Ambassador Vaivars noted.

The event was opened by Won Yonggi, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, who emphasised the interaction of culture and creative industries in the development of countries in the 21st century. The Vice Minister encouraged discussion on contents and substance that could correspond to the present-day technological development, innovative solutions, creativity and the convergence of these elements. Korea’s approach was mentioned as a model in which one of the four elements of the country’s policy is “prosperity which is ensured due to culture” (cultural prosperity).

The meeting also covered discussions on the following topics: the future of information and communication technology (ICT) and creative industries; traditional cultural heritage and creative economy; and international cooperation for vitalizing creative industries.

The meeting was organised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea in cooperation with Gwangju Metropolitan City and took place in the recently-opened Asia Culture Centre.

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