AFRICAN, PACIFIC AND CARIBBEAN MINISTERS OF CULTURE MEETING

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AFRICAN, PACIFIC AND CARIBBEAN MINISTERS OF CULTURE MEETING

Thursday 9 and Friday 10 November

The 4th meeting of ACP Ministers of Culture, organised by the ACP Secretariat, adopted a new Declaration on culture

Ministers from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries jointly recognised the essential role of culture as a driver of economic growth and sustainable human development, and reaffirmed their commitment to make culture a priority sector in their countries through concrete actions and programmes.

On 9 and 10 November 2017, the ACP Secretariat organised in Brussels the 4th Meeting of ACP Ministers of Culture under the theme “Culture an impact investment in achieving 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development”. The Ministers’ conference has been preceded by the meeting of ACP Senior Officials in charge of Culture on 7 and 8 November.

The meeting has been an opportunity to reiterate that defending culture is inseparable from the economic wealth and protection of human lives. The Ministers highlight the power of culture as a driver for integration, peace building and sustainable development and adopted a Declaration that will mark the milestone of the cultural action of the ACP Secretariat and Member States over the next years, notably through the implementation of a new programme to support ACP cultural industries, to be launched in 2018.

During the meeting, the Ministers agreed on the fact that ACP diversity should not lead to isolation but should be seen to be positively contributing to Unity. With this respect, policy leaders should ensure that culture is a source of humanity and development and Member States should duplicate their efforts to ratify the different international conventions for culture.

To efficiently support cultural industries and raise their contribution to the economic development, some inspiring and very strong drivers have emerged from discussions, which have been integrated into the final Declaration:

- the need to emphasize and pay attention to capacity building, while taking into account existing structures and initiatives in the regions;

- involve banks and financial institution to create innovative finance schemes, such as regional venture capital and social bonds to favour establishment of start-up;

- implement projects that link culture and tourism and favour South-south Cooperation;

- build policies and implement projects to protect and preserve culture and traditional knowledge which are challenged by climate change and natural disasters;

- create a favourable environment for a better representation of women and youth in cultural industries, at all levels;

- beside the support to production of cultural goods, which is essential, continue the effort to promote and market cultural goods and services, using, inter alia, digital technologies and legal measures;

- prioritise projects that include local cultures, highlights diversities of ethnical groups and local languages;

- continue the effort to fight against piracy and create a favourable environment for the protection of authors’ rights and remuneration of artists;

- and, foster a better coordination between States and regional structures, between regional structures among themselves and between regional structures and the ACP Secretariat.

In regards with ACPCultures+ whose very good results have been presented, a few proposals have been shared : continue and improve the work of the Observatory to feed the public authorities and professionals with impact studies, exchange of experience, best practices and practical guides and manuals; compile cultural statistics for decision-making; improve capacities of local operators to access funds, by simplifying the guidelines of the call for proposals, reduce bureaucracy and multiply information sessions for the operators.

Finally, the Ministers called for a better monitoring evaluation on how previous decisions have been implemented and transformed into actions.

November 10, 2017
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