ZAGREB, September 21, 2018 – Croatia’s Minister of Culture Nina Obuljen Koržinek and her Chinese counterpart Luo Shugang met on Thursday in Dubrovnik on the margins of a “China + 16” ministerial conference for the talks on the continuation of successful bilateral cooperation in the area of culture between the two countries.
Successful bilateral cultural cooperation between Croatia and China is particularly evident in the 16 + 1 platform which in setting priorities in fact is becoming one of the main points for achieving cultural cooperation between countries, the Ministry of Culture said in a press release.
The statement went on to say that the two ministers discussed cooperation in the field of intangible heritage, the exchange of experts in submarine archaeology and heritage protection. Minister Obuljen Koržinek called on Croatian and Chinese experts to exchange their experiences in the International Centre for Submarine Archaeology in Zadar which is classified as a UNESCO category II centre.
The two ministers also discussed the “Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture,” in the context of establishing cooperation with Asian cultural cities in an effort to expand the approach to participating in culture, exchanging experiences and increasing international visibility.
There was also talk about joint cooperation with regard to the Marco Polo Museum in Korčula, which will enhance Croatia’s cultural and tourism programmes.
This is second time for the two ministers to meet following last year’s meeting at a plenary session with the Chinese minister and sixteen culture ministers of central and eastern European countries (CEEC) within the 3rd Forum of Central and Eastern European Countries and China on Cultural Cooperation held in Hangzhou.
On that occasion a Declaration was signed, which approved the cooperation plan of these countries for 2018-2019.