India and Vietnam to strengthen bilateral relations through medium of Cinema
Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Information & Broadcasting has said that collaboration in the field of Films, Broadcasting and Information Dissemination would strengthen the ties between India and Vietnam. Cooperation in the field of institutional capacity building in social media, student exchange programs between premier institutes of both the countries in the field of journalism and films would bring the two countries close. He mentioned this while meeting the Vietnamese delegation led by Minister of Information and Communications, Government of Vietnam Mr. Truong Minh Tuan.
During the discussions, Shri Naidu said that Ministry of Information & Broadcasting would extend all possible support to promote exchange programs between public broadcasters of the two countries, content creation, screening and distribution of films.
Shri Naidu apprised the Vietnam delegation about the Film Facilitation Office (FFO) setup in the Ministry of I&B to facilitate single window clearance for film makers. The FFO setup shall act as a facilitation point for film producers and assist them in obtaining requisite permissions, disseminate information on shooting locales as well as the details about the various facilities available within the Indian film industry for production/post production thereof.
Vietnam Minister in his remarks gave a brief overview about the Media scenario in their country and expressed hope that there would be cooperation between the National Broadcasters of both the countries to work closely in the field of real time information gathering and dissemination.
The Cultural Exchange Programme (CEP) signed in 2014 between the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Government of Vietnam for the year 2015-17, provided the institutional framework for collaboration in the Films sector. Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s visit to Vietnam in 2016 was a significant event for both the countries reinforcing the Government of India’s “Act East Policy.” The year 2017, marks 45th anniversary of the diplomatic relation and 10 years of strategic partnerships between the two countries.