Fruitful Collaboration arranged between PR China and the Countries from Central and Eastern Europe
The Fourth Ministerial Forum on Cultural Cooperation between PR China and the Central and Eastern European Countries held in Skopje between 24-26 November 2019, was concluded with the visit of the Archaeological Museum of the Republic of North Macedonia where the Minister of Culture of the Republic of North Macedonia, Dr. Hysni Ismaili and the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the People's Republic of China, Luo Shugang gave their final statements for the Press.
At the 4th Ministerial Forum on Cultural Cooperation the mutual interest for future strengthening of cultural ties between PR China and the Central and Eastern European Countries were discussed and it was agreed to work on deepening the cultural cooperation with special attention put on the promotion of cultural heritage, film production and distribution, cultural and creative industries, contemporary art and other important areas.
The Forum confirmed the importance of the establishment of the China-CEEC Cultural Cooperation Coordination Centre in Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia, in accordance with the Hangzhou Declaration on Cultural Cooperation (2018-2019), which focuses on overseeing and promoting the cultural cooperation between the PR China and the CEE countries, as well as on implementing all adopted documents, thereby ensuring an efficient process of cooperation.
The web platform of the China-CEEC Cultural Cooperation Coordination Centre in Skopje was also launched, which will serve as a tool for the exchange and promotion of information in the field of culture and will facilitate communication, exchange of information and ideas and coordination between national cultural institutions and organizations in the countries of the 17 + 1 Initiative.
During the 4th Ministerial Forum on Cultural Cooperation between PR China and the Central and Eastern European Countries, the ministers of culture, vice-ministers, high representatives and ambassadors of the countries participants in the 17+1 Process welcomed the adoption of the Skopje Declaration and agreed on the implementation of several important activities, which are part of the Cultural Cooperation Plan between PR China and CEE countries for the next two years (2020-2021).
The Minister of Culture Ismaili briefed on some of the activities to be carried out in accordance with the Cultural Cooperation Plan, such as the holding of the Second Libraries Union Forum between PR China and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, which will be organized in Republic of North Macedonia in 2020. Among other activities, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of North Macedonia plans to organize a Workshop on Audiovisual Arts for Film Production and Distribution in the coming year during the International Cinematographers Film Festival "Manaki Brothers". Intensive cooperation is also envisaged in the field of cultural heritage with the possibility Republic of North Macedonia to host the Third Forum for Cultural Heritage in the Pelagonija region in 2021.
Ministers Ismaili and Shugang announced intense cooperation between PR China and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe in the fields of music, dance, theater, visual arts and performing arts, as well as in the field of creative industries. They informed that in accordance with the Cultural Cooperation Plan, a workshop should be held in Ohrid next year on the challenges facing the cultural and creative industries sector, with the aim of sharing experiences and practices, as well as providing ideas for support, promotion and development of the field.
It is also envisaged that PR China and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe will collaborate in the field of music, supporting the idea of bringing together musicians of the 17 + 1 member countries into one orchestra, which will perform some of the most famous symphonic works at existing international festivals in the countries of the "17 + 1" Initiative.
The Minister of Culture and Tourism of the PR China, Luo Shugang, Ministers of Culture or their representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia expressed their appreciation for the hospitality provided by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of North Macedonia and the China-CEEC Cultural Cooperation Coordiantion Centre and reaffirmed their commitment to promoting and deepening relations in all spheres of cultural cooperation between the countries of 17+1 Initiative.