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ACP ministers of culture come together to promote the ratification of the Convention and the development of cultural industries in the ACP zone – Santo DomingoResolution

The second meeting of the 79 African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) ministers of Culture, was held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from October 14 to 21, 2006, at the same time as the first cultural festival, organized by the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States, and meeting of experts (see our October 30 Bulletin ).

At this meeting, ACP ministers of culture adopted the Santo DomingoResolution, which reaffirmed “the commitment to intensify South-South cooperation in the area of culture, a commitment affirmed by the resolutions taken by the 33 rd UNESCO General Conference held in October 2005,” and also stressed “the importance of the continuation of North-South cooperation to facilitate capacity building and cultural exchanges, as well as improved access to markets in the North for cultural products originating from the South, and facilitating the mobility of ACP cultural stakeholders".

ACP ministers of culture also “urge the ACP States to ratify, as soon as possible, the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, as well as the UNESCO Convention on Intangible Heritage of 2003.” Moreover, they undertakes “ to formulate policies and legal frameworks to prevent and fight piracy in order to create an conducive environment to investors and promoters that will ensure the establishment and development of solid cultural industries in ACP States.” Then, they call“for the elaboration of strategies and programmes to support infant cultural industries in ACP States, which face vigorous competition from more established industries in developed countries, particularly in the audio-visual sector, with a view to improving product quality and competitiveness.”