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Gabon needs to breathe new life into the CCI sector |

The Ministry of Culture, in partnership with the UNESCO Office in Libreville, presented on September 19 the main directions of the “Four-Year Action Plan 2022-2025 for the Cultural and Creative Industries”, developed in support of strengthening Gabon’s cultural and creative industries. industry (KNIIKTS).

Gabon wants to structure the cultural and creative industries to stimulate job creation and entrepreneurship. © UNESCO

Launched in March 2020, the Cultural and Creative Industries Strengthening Support Program (PSRICC) aims to structure the cultural and creative industries sectors to stimulate job creation, entrepreneurship, the growth of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and the empowerment of women and girls in this sector has just produced a first result, designed to give new impetus to the cultural sector in general and the creative economy in particular.

Indeed, it is a four-year action plan for the cultural and creative industries 2022-2025 with 5 directions, 11 actions and 32 activities to be completed within 3 years, with a demanded budget of 803,000,000 CFA francs. It covers the following sectors: books, visual arts, press and media, music and performing arts, film and audiovisual production, crafts and antiques, heritage and cultural tourism, textiles and stylistic works.

Unveiled on September 19 at the National Museum of Arts, Rites and Traditions, it has been designed in a highly consultative and inclusive manner. It built on achievements in peer-to-peer learning, between Gabon and Burkina Faso, at the stages of gathering, formulating and validating information, which is in line with the methodological approaches promoted by UNESCO/EU.” A bank of expertise to strengthen the culture management system in developing countries “.

This four-year action plan for Gabon’s cultural and creative industries is driven by the government’s determination to overcome the vagaries of raw materials. This is in line with Gabon’s Strategic Development Plan (PSGE) through the Transformation Acceleration Plan (PAT), which calls for the exploration of new sources of wealth creation.This was stated by the Minister of Culture and Arts Patrick Muguiama Dauda.

According to the head of the office representing UNESCO in Gabon and ECCAS, Eric Woli Bi, the value of the global market for creative goods more than doubled from 2002 to 2015, rising from US$208 billion to US$509 billion. The creative sector is one of the fastest growing sectors of the global economy, creating nearly 30 million jobs worldwide and employing more people aged 15 to 29 than any other sector. “Based on this action plan and possibly other sectoral plans for other cultural sectors, Gabon certainly intends to follow this trend. The country is positioning itself for public policy in favor of the creative economy. This question concerns not only cultural policy, but also other areas of state policy, in particular trade, planning, education, youth, and finance.“, – he said, expressing the wish that this action plan will become a new flight for the cultural sector in general and for the creative economy in particular.

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