Culture is at the beginning and the end of development
(Léopold Sédar Senghor)
Published on 30 September 2012
News No 300, 26 September 2012
The 3rd Pan African Cultural Congress (PACC3), which was held at the African Union in Addis Ababa under the theme: "Culture, Societies and Sustainable Development" from 28 to 30 August 2012, has ended with the adoption of a framework for action.
In the action plan, participants at the congress noted and underscored a number of priorities and actions in the promotion of culture as a tool for development, namely the following: promotion of culture as a tool for sustainable development; legal and cultural policy environment; African culture as a vehicle for transformation and development; cultural statistics- the missing link; the creative economy and sustainable development; culture as the fourth pillar for sustainable development; and cooperation on cultural and creative industries.
As to the theme of the congress, "Culture, Societies and Sustainable Development", the 3rd Pan-African Cultural Congress provided an opportunity for, cultural experts and practitioners to make inputs on how culture can complement government efforts in achieving growth and development on the continent. The outcomes of the Congress (Report and Framework for Action) will be submitted to the 4th Session of the African Union Conference of Ministers of Culture to be held in Kinshasa, DRC from 29th October to 2nd November 2012.
OCPA was represented at this session of the Congress by the Executive Director Lupwishi Mbuyamba who made a presentation on the discussion paper entitled Framework for Cultural Policies in Africa, prepared on this agenda point by OCPA at the request of the African Union Commission.
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