14th NA’s Q&A sessions

Clarifying management over cultural value preservation and Son Tra Peninsula planning

Wednesday, 2017-06-14 12:05:37
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Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam emphasises that the Government does not let Da Nang decide its own solutions to Son Tra Peninsula planning. (Credit: VNA)
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NDO – Continuing the question and answer (Q&A) sessions at the on-going 14th National Assembly (NA)’s third meeting in Hanoi on June 14, the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Deputy Prime Minister, Vu Duc Dam, answered questions from NA deputies concerning the preservation of traditional cultural values and the planning for Son Tra Peninsula.

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Responding to a NA deputy’s question on whether or not the Government allows the central city of Da Nang determine by itself the master plan for development of Son Tra National Tourism Complex, located at Da Nang’s Son Tra Peninsula, Deputy PM Dam confirmed that it certainly did not happen.

"If the Government let Da Nang decide on its own, there wouldn’t be a story concerning Son Tra planning with 300 or 1,600 rooms and licenced projects with the scale of 5,000-7,000 rooms will continue to be deployed normally," the government official said.

He added that Da Nang needs to be active in acquisiting all comments on Son Tra development, as the Son Tra problem should be unified within the Da Nang authorities and with consensus among local people.

“The whole country loves Son Tra and wants to protect it; certainly the people of Da Nang too. Da Nang residents will also contribute their wisdom to join the central and local government to better protect Son Tra,” said Deputy PM Dam.

Prior to the tourism planning, Da Nang City People's Committee, according to its competence, licenced tourism development in Son Tra, but now there are other decisions affecting investors and the city People's Committee must actively work with investors in order to tackle the issue, he added.

When Da Nang coordinated with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to unify the planning for tourism development in Son Tra at 1,600 rooms, the city also worked with investors. Now if keeping the room capacity at 300 or at any rate, Da Nang needs to work with investors in accordance with the law, to handle decisions affecting the interests of businesses.

“After hearing the final opinion from Da Nang, and all concerned parties, the Prime Minister will give a decision. In the case of not developing tourism in Son Tra, the planning will be removed from the list of 47 national tourist complexes with a signed document by the PM,” Deputy PM Dam confirmed.

"The Government and the PM will decide this issue in the spirit of consistent development in a sustainable manner and if there are uncertainties regarding to sustainability, any project will be halted until it meets eligible conditions, he stressed.

NA Deputy Truong Trong Nghia (from Ho Chi Minh City) said that voters welcomed the Deputy PM’s visit to Son Tra Peninsula and his reply helped to assure NA deputies on the issue. Many voters across the country would also feel more secure when Da Nang, with the guidance of the Government and the PM, has the optimal solution to exploit tourism products and to preserve Son Tra natural heritage, as well as other natural heritages throughout the country.

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien responds to questions from NA deputies, at the on-going Q&A sessions of the 14th NA’s third meeting in Hanoi on June 14. (Credit: VNA)

* Also at the Wednesday siting, the preservation and development of ethnic minority cultures was a focus at the Q&A session for Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien.

Minister Thien said that his ministry has always defined preserving and promoting the traditional culture of ethnic minorities, as one of the most urgent and strategic tasks that need to be fulfilled regularly and permanently. The ministry has implemented specific solutions to build and conserve traditional villages. So far, 25 villages of 19 ethnic groups such as Cham, Ba Na, Muong, and Thai have been supported with conservation investment.

In the work of collecting and preserving traditional ethnic minority art forms, the ministry has assisted localities in opening traditional intangible cultural education classes for ethnic groups, taught by artisans who are subjects of the national culture and holders of intangible cultural treasures. The ministry also deploys projects to preserve traditional costumes, languages and scripts of ethnic minorities, as well as projects on collecting and displaying traditional cultural heritages of ethnic minority people, while periodically holding meetings with village elders, village chiefs and prestigious people among ethnic minority communities.

Giving further explanation about the preservation and promotion of cultural identity of ethnic minorities, Minister-Chairman of the National Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs, Do Van Chien, said that this issue is always among the top priorities of the Party and State. The responsibility to preserve the languages, dances, folk songs, etc... of ethnic minorities belong firstly to each ethnic group, then the support and assistance from the State, local community and society. The fact is that there are many ethnic museums, ethnic cultural villages, ethnic cultural festivals and many folk songs of ethnic minorities that have been recognised as national cultural heritages.

The preservation and promotion of ethnic minority cultures must be in the diversity and unification of the whole Vietnamese community. This will be the mainstay during the implementation process, Minister-Chairman Chien said, expressing his wish that ethnic minorities unite and promote their cultural diversity and identity to further develop and improve society.

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan concludes the Q&A session on issues related to traditional cultural value preservation and planning for Son Tra Peninsula on June 14. (Credit: VGP)

* Making conclusion for Q&A on the above issues, NA Chairwoman, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, asserted that culture, sport and tourism are important areas for the national socio-economic development and is in close relation with the material and spiritual lives of the people. Over the past few years, this area has made positive changes with traditional cultural values being promoted. In addition to these achievements, there are still shortcomings, such as errors in the management of licencing cultural and artistic activities and the loose management of festivals, leading to rising concern among the public, exploitation of profiteers, and wastefulness.

The top legislator asked the Government and related ministers to continue to pay attention to directing the implementation of drastic measures, focusing on reviewing the provisions on the management of licencing cultural and art works and performances, in compliance with the laws, while meeting requirements of administrative reform.

For tourism planning on Son Tra Peninsula, the NA Chairwoman proposed that on the basis of multi-faceted considerations, the Government should continue to direct and develop early solutions to deal with the issue, in line with the general development planning of the whole country, which would reassure the voters and the people of Da Nang.