Zambia champions cultural diversity on the world stage

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GOVERNMENT has reaffirmed its commitment to safeguarding and promoting the richness of different cultural expressions within its borders. 

This dedication was echoed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youths, Sports, and Arts, Chama Fumba, at the 17th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

Fumba highlighted the importance of cultural expressions, emphasizing their significant contribution to Zambia’s social and economic development. 

He pointed to Zambia’s recent accession to the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions as a concrete step towards fostering a vibrant creative sector.

Furthermore, Fumba outlined several initiatives undertaken by the Zambian government to support its artistic community. 

These include the development of a national arts policy, the rehabilitation of arts centers nationwide, and the extension of social security protection to artists. 

Additionally, a two-year exemption from import duty on artistic materials has been implemented, effective June 1st, 2024.

This commitment to cultural diversity positions Zambia as a champion for artistic expression on the global stage.

By Elesani Phiri

Kalemba March 2, 2023

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