Results of the economic dimension of the CDIS presented in Ecuador
As part of the second test phase of the UNESCO Culture for Development Indicator Suite (CDIS), the UNESCO Office in Quito and the Ministry for Heritage in Ecuador presented the first results of the economic dimension on 1 March 2012. These results focused on:
- Contribution of formal and private cultural activities to GDP;
- Employment in cultural occupations; and
- Urban household expenditure on cultural goods and services.
The workshop was attended by representatives of key national institutions, who through bilateral and technical meetings, are sharing and providing information relevant for the Indicator Suite. These institutions include the National Institute for Statistics and Census, the Central Bank, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Heritage, the National Institute for Cultural Heritage, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Telecommunications and the National Secretariat for Planning (SENPLADES).
The workshop was a forum to discuss the preliminary results and to launch a rich interinstitutional debate on the technical and the political aspects of measuring the contribution of the cultural sector to the national economy in Ecuador. In addition, the process of evaluating and contrasting the methodology to the CDIS results, as well as the Ministry of Culture's current initiative to establish a satellite account for culture, highlighted the synergies and existing strong institutional commitments to generate relevant and accurate information ahead of the elaboration of public policies that takes advantage of the potential of culture for development in Ecuador.
At the end of the workshop, the participants reconfirmed their commitment to actively support the initiative by working closely in collaboration with UNESCO to construct the remaining six dimensions of the CDIS.
Workshop documents (in Spanish)