On April 22, Canada and Columbia signed a memorandum of understanding to increase cultural cooperation and exchange.
According to Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas) Peter Kent, "This agreement will promote further people-to-people links in an important sector, in the context of our whole-of-government engagement in the Americas. The cultural cooperation agreement will allow the sharing of knowledge and best practices to promote and protect the diversity of cultural expressions. It will facilitate the adoption of measures to support artists and disseminate cultural products and services."
The press release adds that starting in 2010, Canada and Colombia will work together closely to develop an action plan that includes concrete measures for cultural cooperation and exchanges, with the aim of implementing the memorandum of understanding.
“The two countries will be able to increase their cooperation in the areas of broadcasting and film, promotion of Aboriginal cultures and languages, social development through culture, protection of cultural heritage, and sharing of specialized knowledge between national conservation agencies.
This cooperation program is helping promote and implement the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, mainly with regard to its international cooperation provisions.”