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Zambia Pledges Commitment to UNESCO 2005 Convention on Cultural Expressions

Zambia reaffirms its dedication to upholding the principles outlined in the UNESCO 2005 Convention on Cultural Expressions, as reiterated by Mr. Fumba Chama, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth, Sport, and Arts, during the 17th Session of the Intergovernmental Committee on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in Paris, France.

Zambia’s commitment to the UNESCO 2005 Convention signifies a proactive approach toward fostering the development of creative arts and cultural endeavors within society.

Through the ratification of the convention, the Zambian government emphasizes its recognition of the immense value of cultural expressions in contributing to social cohesion and economic prosperity.

In alignment with this commitment, the government, through the Ministry of Youth, Sport, and Arts, has prioritized the development of a comprehensive National Arts Policy.

This policy aims to provide strategic support for the growth, promotion, and protection of arts and cultural industries across the nation. By nurturing the creative sector, Zambia seeks to harness its potential as a driver of economic development and a catalyst for social progress.

Efforts to support the cultural sector extend beyond policy development. Zambia is actively engaged in rehabilitating arts centers throughout the country, providing artists with vital platforms to freely express themselves and showcase their talents.

Additionally, the government plans to extend social security protection to artists, acknowledging their significant contributions to the nation’s cultural vitality and identity.

Recognizing the importance of access to resources, Zambia has implemented measures to facilitate the growth of the creative sector. A two-year suspension of customs and excise duty on the importation of film, music, and media equipment aims to stimulate investment and innovation within the industry, fostering its long-term sustainability and competitiveness.

At its core, Zambia’s ratification of the UNESCO 2005 Convention underscores its commitment to promoting cultural diversity and safeguarding the rights of cultural practitioners. By creating conditions for cultures to flourish and interact beneficially, Zambia aims to nurture a vibrant cultural landscape that reflects the richness and diversity of its people.

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