Strengthening the status of artists in Mauritius: a new law in preparation

Mauritius, with the support of UNESCO, has launched an initiative aimed at professionalizing the status of artists. The definition of their professional status, the improvement of their economic and social conditions of work, and the recognition of their role in the sustainable development of the island were at the heart of the discussions held from 2 to 16 February 2017.

The process of consultation with relevant stakeholders (relevant ministries, institutions and artists) is conducted by the Ministry of Arts and Culture.

This initiative is a continuation of the technical assistance program implemented by UNESCO in 2012-2013 with the support of the European Union, leading to the adoption in 2013 of the White Paper "Creative Mauritius-Vision 2015 ".

A working group of the Ministry of Arts and Culture was created to define the basic parameters of the initiative in order to encourage artistic creativity and provide services to the careers of artists under a new law towards the end of 2017.


In recent years, several new laws inspired by the Recommendation on the Status of the Artist, adopted in 1980, have been revised or adopted in African countries such as Burkina Faso (2013), Morocco (2003, revised 2016) or Togo (2016). UNESCO also supported national consultations in Djibouti in December 2016 on measures to improve the status of the artist.

Source : UNESCO

April 18, 2017
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