Ministère de la Culture et de la Francophonie de Côte d'Ivoire, le 30 avril 2005 – 2005/04/30
The first International Fair for Cultural Industries (SICA) was held April 26 to 30, 2005, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The fair, initiated by the Ivory Coast Ministry of Culture and the Francophonie, was organized in partnership with Agence intergouvernementale de la Francophonie (AIF) and placed under the aegis of the UN Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity. It also enjoyed institutional support from the African Union and the cooperation of Ivory Coast ministries affected by the production, marketing, and distribution of cultural goods and services.
With the objective of promoting cultural diversity, cultural dialog, and African integration, SICA also sought to promote economic actors from the various African cultural industry sectors and position the West African cultural market internationally. SICA activities centered on an international workshop on the situation and development prospects of cultural industries in southern hemisphere countries and a training seminar on culture, trade, and globalization led by experts from AIF, UNESCO, and Ivory Coast, Senegalese and Central African organizations. SICA recommendations included strengthening partnerships, exploring bilateral and multilateral operating agreements with institutions, creating a cultural industry development plan, and establishing a national fund to support cultural industry operators. [05-16]