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Maghreb culture ministers met in Libya to schedule heritage festivals and fine arts forums to deepen regional ties.
Major cultural events scheduled in 2010 and the celebration of the centennial of the birth of emblematic Tunisian artists, were the focal point of a press conference held on Saturday in Tunis, by Mr. Abderraouf El Basti, Minister of Culture and Heritage Preservation.
The shift from the notion of the diffusion of culture to that of democratization and decentralization of cultural activities, by involving citizens and adopting a proactive approach to address the accelerating pace of cognitive, social and economic change, is a fundamental choice in the policies of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in the cultural sector, said Mr. Abderraouf El Basti, Minister of Culture and Heritage Preservation on Wednesday in Monastir at the national seminar of Directors of cultural centers.
President Ben Ali announces set of measures in sector of culture, among others, the restoration and maintenance of all archeological and historical monuments in the city of Kairouan, the proclamation of 2010 as the Year of the Cinema and the promotion of reading and of the book in Tunisia.
The Tunisian film producer, Dora Bouchoucha, was recently appointed by the French Minister of Culture and Communication, Mr. Frederic Mitterrand as the chairwoman of the commission of the Fonds Sud Cinema.
A recent survey on "the book and reading" which was instructed by President Ben Ali in 2009, showed that 22.74% of Tunisians have never read any book. The survey also reveals that women read more than men (+7.15%).