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The Meeting of Culture Ministers takes place in recognition of the important contribution of culture to multilateralism, community cohesion and the cementing of unity and integration processes. The meetings aim to put Culture at the heart of development policies and strategies.
Une quipe d'experts de l'UNESCO compose de Francisco d'Almeida et M. Jordi Balt Portols travaille en collaboration avec l'Agence de Promotion des Entreprises et Industries Culturelles (APEIC), le Ministre de la Jeunesse, des Sports et de la Culture du Niger et les associations bancaires de dfinir un stratgie visant soutenir les entreprises culturelles, y compris des activits de formation au profit des agents de l'tat et les entrepreneurs culturels pour la conception, la gestion et la collecte de fonds.
As part of UNESCOs EU-funded Technical Assistance programme to strengthen the governance of culture in developing countries, two experts Mr Francisco d'Almeida and Mr Jordi Balt Portols are working with the Niger Agency of the Promotion of Cultural Industries and Businesses, the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture of Niger and the Banking Professionals Association to train national ministry employees and cultural entrepreneurs in project design, management and fundraising.
State Governor, Muazu Babangida Aliyu, has directed the upgrading of the Niger State Arts Council to a Board with a view to removing it from bureaucratic bottlenecks and enhance its proficiency in revenue generation.
With African rock art providing one of the oldest and most extensive records on Earth of human thought, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on the continent's leaders to play a more active role in saving a priceless cultural heritage of all humankind that is under severe threat, above all from neglect and thieves
The Federal Executive Council of Niger has ratified four international Conventions on culture, in an effort to combat a growing trade in stolen and looted cultural heritage.