Creative industries lay the path for peace and development

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As Côte d’Ivoire is recovering from recent conflict, the role of culture and the potential of cultural industries in rebuilding its social and economic sectors are largely acknowledged, especially in the Yopougon Community, the country’s largest urbanized and industrialized area known for its cultural hub.

With IFCD support, the Yopougon Municipality Council commissioned the development of a strategy to maximize the potential of cultural activities to speed-up growth and employment in the Yopougon Community. This work involved doing a thorough inventory of the existing capacities and mapping priority areas for investment.

The project reached a peak when the Ministry of Culture and Francophonie decided to make Yopougon the epicentre of music development in Côte d’Ivoire and committed to putting in place the necessary infrastructure to strengthen the music industry.

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