Deputy Minister Joe Phaahla speaks at the SADC Committee Meeting of Ministers of Arts and Culture, 5 July

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04 Jul 2013

The Deputy - Minister of Arts and Culture, Dr Joe Phaahla will speak at a meeting of Committee of Ministers for arts and culture in the SADC region. The meeting hosted by the Minister of Culture in Mozambique, Mr.Joao Artur, will take place on Friday, 05 July 2013 in Maputo, Mozambique. The aim of the meeting is to appraise the current role of arts and culture in the process of integration and sustainable development in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the significance of the cultural industries contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The specific objectives of the meeting are to evaluate the role of culture in regional integration and sustainable development in the SADC region. Evaluate the significance and contribution of cultural industries to the GDP in each Member States, in particular and of the region in general. It is also expected that the meeting will adopt Maputo Declaration of the Ministers of SADC countries responsible for arts and culture. This will include measures to promote a favourable environment for the development of arts and culture in the region.

The South African position for this meeting is guided by the SA foreign policy which emphasises the need to play a significant role in multilateral forums, especially on promotion of the African Agenda. This means building relations with the SADC region, the continent and the rest of the world.

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