Strategies to form a creative economy in Asia and Europe have been discussed at the Experts’ Meeting and Public Forum of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) that opened in Hanoi on December 4.

Under the theme “Creative Economy in Asia and Europe: An Emerging Pillar of Economic Growth and Development”, the event was held in the support of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) and the Vietnam Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Opening the forum, ASEF Deputy Executive Director Karsten Warnecke said culture has been widely recognised as a launch pad for economic growth.

High growth of cultural and creative industries will offer reformative solutions for increasing development challenges in Asia and Europe, he said.

He stated that the two-day event will help encourage dialogue and exchange of creative access, thus facilitating cooperation between the two continents in creative and beneficial ways.

Experts suggested policies to be reported at the sixth Asia-Europe Culture Ministers’ Meeting in the Netherlands next year.

On the first working day, the forum announced the cultural policy profiles of India and the Republic of Korea. Vietnam is scheduled to release its national cultural policy on December 5, commissioned through the WorldCP initiative.-VNA