On August 12 in Bogotá, Mexico’s National Council for Culture and the Arts (CONCULTA) and Colombia’s Ministry of Culture signed a memorandum of agreement regarding cultural exchange and cooperation. The agreement was signed in the presence of Mexican president Felipe Calderón Hinojosa and Colombian president Álvaro Uribe Vélez.
According to the CONACULTA website, the agreement seeks to develop, strengthen, and mutually benefit national cultural systems in Mexico and Colombia through the exchange of experiences, cooperation, and cultural and artistic dialogue.
To achieve these goals, the two countries will cooperate in the areas of cultural management, arts training, cultural economics, and community appropriation of culture.
The agreement also calls for strengthening ties of collaboration in the following areas: technical assistance for cultural training, management, organization, and planning, as well as for the development of strategies to promote community participation in cultural programs and decentralization; the participation of experts in cinema, the performing and visual arts, music, literature, radio, television, and any other means of communication or new technology in festivals, meetings, and cultural award programs in both countries in order to share their experience as jury members or presenters.
The agreement will also promote cooperation and the organization of activities for libraries, museums, exhibitions, and literacy promotion; exchanges of cultural managers, artists, directors, and producers; and technical assistance for archeology and anthropology research, field work, and the organization of workshops and symposiums.