Gong performance in the Central Highlands - Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
– The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs will coordinate in a five-year programme to step up activities in culture, sports, tourism and family planning for mountainous and ethnic minority-inhabited areas.

Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Trinh Thi Thuy and Vice Chairman of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs Nong Quoc Tuan signed an agreement for the implementation of the joint programme which will take place between 2017 and 2022.

The joint programme aims to strengthen state management of mountainous regions and areas with ethnic minority communities in terms of culture, sports, tourism and family planning.

Accordingly, the two sides will cooperate to bolster dissemination and education of laws among ethnic minority people. At the same time, they will work together to preserve and promote the ethnic minority groups’ good traditional values and cultural identities to boost tourism.

The programme will be carried out in 52 cities and provinces across the countries with large population of ethnic minority people and mountain areas.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Trinh Thi Thuy said the ministry has paid greater attention to preserving cultural values of ethnic minority communities, improving their cultural life and enhance their physical development and health.

The ministry is also working to help such communities turn their cultural heritage into assets and tourism products towards sustainable development, she added.-VNA