Italy continues to support My Son World Heritage Site with an additional grant of US$ 250,000
Hanoi, Vietnam - A signing ceremony of the project supporting “Sustainable Tourism Development in My Son World Heritage Site” between UNESCO and Quang Nam Provincial People’s Committee, Socialist Republic of Vietnam took place in Ha Noi 8 March 2012.
This two year project (2012-2013) builds on the sound achievements of the two earlier restoration project phases in My Son World Heritage sponsored by Government of Italy, notably in successful research of the ancient Cham construction technique, including construction materials such as the Cham bricks and the resin that holds them together. This new project will continue the restoration of the G group monuments (G2, enclosing wall) but more importantly, the project will strengthen the interpretation system of the site and make restoration works accessible to the public for a better raising awareness on heritage preservation.
On the occasion of the signing ceremony, Ms. Katherine Muller-Marine, UNESCO Representative to Vietnam acknowledged the continuous support from Government of Italy through the Funds-In-Trust at UNESCO, and committed that the restored property will be presented to the public with a strengthened interpretation system.
Representing the Donor at the signing ceremony, Mr. Lorenzo Angeloni, Ambassador of Italy to Vietnam, highly appreciated the results of previous restoration work in My Son World Heritage and considered the new initiative a meaningful continuation of a typical tripartite project where Italy contributes not only financial support, but also solid experience and expertise in archaeology and restoration of built heritages.
Mr. Tran Minh Ca, Vice Chairman of Quang Nam Provincial People’s Committee acknowledged, the strong commitment and support of Italy and UNESCO and believed that the new project supporting sustainable tourism in My Son World Heritage would have positive impacts on local economic development. He also emphasized that the local government would link this new project with related initiatives, including the training programs on restoration in local vocational schools which were also funded by Government of Italy.
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