The Prime Minister issued on June 7 a decision on transport of national precious objects abroad with a specific time limit for display, exhibition, research or preservation.
Ngoc Lu bronze drum, classified as national precious object in the first phase, is the earliest and most valuable drum in four types of drums__Photo: Internet
According to Decision No. 23/2016/QD-TTg, a national treasure may only be brought abroad to serve state-level diplomatic activities of the Party General Secretary, the President, the Prime Minister and the National Assembly Chairperson. It can also be sent abroad to promote the history, culture, land and people of Vietnam under special international cooperation programs, or international cooperation plans on research and preservation of national treasures.
The transport of national treasures abroad must follow Article 44 of the Law on Cultural Heritage, and include a plan to ensure safe protection of these objects.
The transported national treasures must also be valued in money as a basis for purchasing their insurance.
Decision No. 23, which applies to all ministries, sectors, political and socio-political organizations at the central level, provincial-level People’s Committees, public and non-public museums, organizations and individuals being owners or managers of cultural and historical relics, and owners of national precious objects, will take effect on July 25, 2016.- (VLLF)