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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 - 2006/10/25

The second meeting of the 79 African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) ministers of Culture, held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic October 14 to 21, 2006, welcomed stakeholders and other professionals in the field of culture to the first cultural festival and meeting of experts organized by the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States (see our October 10 Bulletin).

This second meeting of ACP ministers of culture was to analyze the implementation of the Dakar Plan of Action on the Promotion of ACP Cultures and Cultural Industries, propose concrete measures relating to implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and also decide on partnership activities to implement the resolutions of the World Summit on the Information Society (SMSI) pertaining to culture. During the meeting, important resolutions were adopted on all subjects, including the Digital Solidarity Fund, the support program for cultural industries (film, audiovisual, publishing, music, multimedia, crafts), the creation of the ACP Cultural Observer and the support fund for the intra ACP cultural sector.

Mame Birame Diouf, Senegalese minister of culture and classified historical heritage, emphasized the necessity of "integrating new information and communications technologies into cultural development programs and of harmonizing strategic development strategies for cultural industries."