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Posted 14 August, 2014 by-Ministry of Culture and Sports in News
 
 

Opens Sixth Meeting of Ministers of Culture of the Americas in Haiti

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The Sixth Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities of Culture, organized by the Organization of American States (OAS), began 12 August in Port au Prince, Haiti, with a ceremony attended by the President of Haiti, Michel Martelly, and the Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, Albert Ramdin.

In the two-day meeting, Ministers and senior officials of the culture of 22 OAS Member Countries, along with representatives from regional and international organizations, private sector, academia and civil society, will discuss “The cultural interdependence to globalization”, the main theme of the meeting.

On behalf of the Republic of Guatemala was attended by the Deputy Minister of Culture, Clariza Castellanos, who shared in this meeting Guatemala advances in cultural matters, mainly in relation to indigenous peoples and Afro-descendants in this country.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, President Martelly emphasized the cultural traditions of their country, and noted that “This rich heritage is a shared element of the Haitian nation and allows us to embrace, with strength and intelligence, the diversity of our expressions and artistic movements ". "This heritage also represents the common ground for the exchange and a fertile ground for the promotion of intercultural, in the context of this meeting on the regional culture “, added the first Haitian president.

The Secretary General Ramdin emphasized the cross-cutting nature of culture in the Organization, and highlighted its role in promoting the creative industries, and their linkages to improving the competitiveness of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), innovation, trade and tourism. He also stated that although the production of cultural goods and services represent a significant and growing part in the economies of Member States of the OAS, it requires more effort to fully capture the economic contribution of this important sector.

For his part, Minister of Culture of Haiti, Monique Rosann, He said the ministerial meeting is an opportunity to promote the resources and talents for the development of cultural industries both, and to encourage the creation of wealth for the region. "You are in a country where everyone is convinced that the development and well-being come from the culture", He pointed to the Minister Rocourt.

The Sixth Meeting of Ministers of Culture is one instance of meeting the highest authorities of the Americas, that occurs every three years; this time, the basis of the discussion lies in the results of the previous meeting, celebrada en Washington, DC in November 2011. The event provides an opportunity for Member States to exchange experiences; discuss public policies to promote cultural entrepreneurship; share experiences in the development of related best data capture systems; analyze the contribution of culture to the economy; review what has been done since the last meeting, and cultural programs designed.

The event provides a platform for the exchange of experiences and best practices, consideration of proposals for technical cooperation, and strengthening communication among government agencies, the private sector and civil society.

The meeting is part of the cultural plans that drives the OAS, which aim to support the development of tangible and intangible resources of culture and tourism of the countries of the region, and strengthen new and existing links between these sectors to increase their contribution to economic and social development in member states of the Organization.

 

Note taken of: www.oas.org

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