» Haiti benefits from technical assistance to devise a cultural industry policy
30.10.2012 - Division of Cultural Expressions and Heritage, UNESCO Culture Sector

Haiti benefits from technical assistance to devise a cultural industry policy

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Two international cultural experts, Ms Youma Fall and Mr William Codjo undertake the first of two UNESCO technical assistance missions in Haiti from 25 October to 4 November. Funded by the European Union, the aim of the assistance is to support the Haitian Ministry of Culture and Communication in its efforts to define a national policy for the country's cultural industries, with a particular focus on copyright issues and the publishing industry.

The two experts are providing their recognised expertise to the policy's development as well as that of a dedicated action plan and road map that will set the future orientation for legal and institutional frameworks. The experts, through numerous consultations with various stakeholders, will also assist the Ministry in its efforts to establish an exchange platform for public and private sectors and civil society. This work will enable the design of specific laws, programmes and activities to reinvigorate Haiti's culture sector for the coming decades. It aims to put contemporary creation and cultural industries at the centre of Haiti's reconstruction efforts while ensuring the protection of Haiti's artistic and cultural expressions.

This expert mission is part of an EU-funded UNESCO technical assistance programme to reinforce the governance of culture in developing countries. These assistance missions in the field of cultural policy and cultural industries are carried out by recognised international experts who were selected as part of this programme and who form the basis of an Expert Facility. These missions provide beneficiary countries with high-level expertise to assist them in ongoing efforts to strengthen human and institutional capacities to develop policies that suport the emergence of dynamic cultural and creative industries. Interventions are designed through a series of national and/or local consultations and validation processes so that each mission fully corresponds to the needs and priorities of the beneficiary countries.

13 developing countries were selected to benefit from technical assistance missions. While the assistance in Haiti and Niger are ongoing, the missions have succesfully been completed in Argentina, Barbados, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Honduras, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Seychelle and Viet Nam.

UNESCO is partnerning for the first time with the European Union to reinforce the governance of culture in developing countries. This programme implements the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions at national and local levels, in developing countries that are both Parties to the 2005 UNESCO Convention and are eligible beneficiary countries under the European Union thematic programme "Investing in People". This technical assistance programme demonstrates the importance given by both UNESCO and the European Union to implement concrete activities that promote culture as a key factor of sustainable development.

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