On February 3, 2013, the Working Group on Algerian Cultural Policy (WGACP) presented a draft cultural policy for Algeria, which consists of 14 chapters and emerged after two major initiatives and many cooperative efforts among a hundred cultural activists in Algeria. On this occasion, WGACP members re-explained what "cultural policy" is and why it’s very important for Algeria, the country with the biggest budget for the cultural sector in Africa and the Arab region (about $500 million in 2012).
The next step will be disseminating this draft locally and regionally. At the local level, the WGACP will collect feedback from citizens to enhance the "citizenship" dimension of the draft. At the regional level, it will be important to share this new cultural policy with other African and Arab countries, as Algeria is the first country in the region to have a cultural policy developed by the civil society.
To read the draft Algerian Cultural Policy, available in Arabic and French, please consult the Action culturelle algérienne website.