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"Culture, integration and African renaissance"

African Union (AU), Nairobi, Kenya, December 4, 2005 – 2005/12/04

The African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the government of the Republic of Kenya, is organizing the first edition of the Pan-African Cultural Congress and the fifth session of the Conference of African Ministers of Culture from December 4 to 14, 2005 in Nairobi, Kenya. The general theme of both the Pan-African Cultural Congress and the ministerial conference is Culture, integration and African renaissance. Subthemes include cultural development; cultural dimensions of development, economic stakes of culture; Inter-African and international cultural cooperation; cultural policies in Africa; African culture and new information technologies.

The anticipated objectives and results of the congress are as follows: bring together experts, professionals, and government decision makers so that they can critically review the principal sectors that have been mobilizing cultural development actors for over fifty years, share their experiences, give new direction, and make recommendations; take stock of the major cultural issues and challenges that confront Africa as a result of globalization, and define strategies for the way forward; generate summary documents on a sector-by-sector basis and give creators and producers at the center of the action a relatively complete reference framework that extends beyond their respective sectoral horizons; contribute to the meaningful development of quality African cultural productions in order to conquer new markets; revisit the theme of cultural development, so that the contribution of culture to global development becomes more meaningful in the context of NEPAD; explore the possibilities and advantages that ICTs offer for sectorial and global initiatives; contribute to the renewal of African studies, some of which have been neglected to the almost exclusive benefit of productions with economic value; generate elements for a reorientation of African cultural policies on the basis of proposed studies and shared experiences; propose an outline of cultural policies and programs for AU decision makers.

The outcomes of theses meetings will be presented to the special session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government scheduled to take place in January 2006 in Khartoum, Sudan.