Senegal Completes its First Quadrennial Periodic Report on the 2005 Convention
Opening with a powerful skit from a young theater troupe from Dakar, the restitution of the first quadrennial periodic report of Senegal was held at the Maison Douta Seck on 29 November 2016. This report was prepared in accordance with Article 9 of the 2005 Convention, which calls upon states and parties to share information and be transparent regarding public cultural policies and measures.
The national team was officially established by the Minister of Culture on 1 February 2016 at the National Theater in Dakar. They publicly presented the report on Senegal, which analyzed policies and measures supporting the creation, production, distribution and consumption of cultural products as well as the diversity of the country’s artistic expressions. The report, submitted to UNESCO on 30 June 2016, was prepared by this national team with financial support from Sweden within the framework of a project aiming to promote and protect the freedom of artistic expressions as part of fundamental rights.
The process involved diverse actors from different sectors including the private sector, the Ministry of Culture and Communication, and Directors from regional cultural centers, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Commerce, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The result was more than “a mechanical work of inventory or an archaeology of cultural policies of Senegal,” but also a true analytical work, said Professor Ibrahima Wane of UCAD.
While this restitution marks the final stage of a process, there are still other steps to be taken in order to better implement the 2005 Convention, such as raising awareness amongst cultural actors. Beyond its informational value, members of the national team recommended carrying out a follow-up through the creation of a committee, as well as the organization of a “tripartite annual meeting involving the Ministry of Culture and Communication, as well as financial and technical partners and civil society”. “We always speak in the future, but never in the imperfect tense,” reminded Mr. Babacar Diouf, the president of the National Mutual Health Society of Senegalese Cultural Actors (MNSAC) who, alongside other participants, called for an analysis of the impact of the policies and measures evoked.
<- Back to: All news