Secretary for Development of the HKSAR government Bernadette Linn Hon-ho (right), and Administrator of the National Cultural Heritage Administration Li Qun (left) pose for a photo during the signing of a framework agreement to further promote cultural heritage exchange and collaboration on archaeology and built heritage between the Chinese mainland and HKSAR on Nov 16, 2022. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)
HONG KONG – The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government and the National Cultural Heritage Administration signed an agreement on Wednesday to further promote cultural exchanges and collaboration on archaeology and built heritage projects.
In a statement, the government said Bernadette Linn Hon-ho, Secretary for Development of the HKSAR government, and Administrator of the National Cultural Heritage Administration Li Qun signed the framework agreement.
Secretary for Development of the HKSAR government Bernadette Linn Hon-ho and Administrator of the National Cultural Heritage Administration Li Qun signed the framework agreement
The agreement aims to establish a mechanism to facilitate regular exchanges and collaboration to implement joint projects and jointly carry out the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area in building a cultural Greater Bay Area.
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“It also seeks to support the development of Hong Kong as an East-meets-West center for international cultural exchange, and to deepen the understanding of the public in the mainland and Hong Kong on the history of the Chinese nation to enhance their national pride and patriotism,” the statement reads.
Under the agreement, the National Cultural Heritage Administration and the Development Bureau will strengthen collaboration and exchange in various aspects, including archaeology and archaeological heritage protection; research in built heritage conservation technology, philosophy and adaptive reuse; sharing of information on built heritage resources and experience in accessioning of data on cultural heritage; and application of advanced technology on heritage and traditional skills.
The two parties will also step up the development of tourist heritage trails in the Greater Bay Area, and enhance exchanges of exhibitions, development of creative cultural heritage products and talent nurturing.
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Activities for the youth will also be organized and education and publicity programs launched, according to the statement.