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Authorities to bolster heritage preservation efforts

Authorities will intensify their efforts to improve the preservation of the nation’s traditional culture including the launch of inspections and official registration of heritage restoration.
This was the message during a workshop on ancient material management and the promotion of protecting cultural legacy which was held at the National Culture Hall in Vientiane yesterday, chaired by Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Bouangeun Saphouvong.
Mr Bouangeun said the workshop was important because the participants would discuss and share key ideas to multiply their work in ancient material management and cultural heritage protection.
Director General of the Heritage Department, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Thongbay Phothisane said the meeting represented the first time that officials working in heritage protection had come together at a workshop to discuss heritage protection and cooperation plans.
“Ancient material management was difficult in previous years with many items lost to theft while some objects were so old and at risk of deterioration due to the challenges in preserving them,” he added.
In addition, authorities highlighted other ongoing difficulties in cultural and heritage management including some officials not dedicating themselves sufficiently to preservation efforts, members of society not appreciating the meaning and importance of the heritage work, the lack of effective cooperation from other sectors, and some heritage sites were being infringed upon by local residents.
However, authorities have vowed to accelerate work to improve the heritage sector especially enhancing the skills of officials through capacity building at village and district level.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update March 28, 2019)

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