On October 29–31, 2012 in Ouagadougou, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) and the Burkina Faso ministry of Tourism held a seminar to train Burkinabe professionals and managers on methods and tools to manage, finance, and develop cultural industries.
This seminar was attended by 30 participants, including technical consultants to the Burkinabe ministry of culture, directors and heads of administrative departments and divisions responsible for devising and implementing public development strategies for cultural industries in the areas of film, audiovisual, multimedia, books, music, and performing arts. Representatives from the main cultural professional organizations were also present.
The following five topics were on the agenda:
This activity is part of the OIF’s support program to strengthen cultural industries in underdeveloped francophone countries. The program’s goal is to strengthen the ability of the four selected countries—Burkina Faso, Gabon, Niger, and Senegal—to formulate and implement policies and measures aimed at promoting diversity of cultural expressions as well as the consolidation of industries—with the goal that these actions contribute to the countries’ economic and social development. To this end, OIF and the government of Burkina Faso signed an agreement on May 3, 2012 to implement the four-year Quadrennial Program (2012-2015) in support of Burkina Faso’s cultural policies and industries.