BRICS countries commit to speeding up cultural cooperation
Johannesburg: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, or collectively BRICS, on Wednesday signed a declaration to accelerate cooperation in cultural areas, media reported.
The declaration was signed in Johannesburg by the BRICS ministers of culture after months of consultations. The declaration will see the five countries cooperating in fashion, culture and animation. South Africa’s Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa called for the speedy implementation of the declaration.
“This declaration is a clear signal where we want to go and areas where we emphasise and practical steps we need to take. Cultural cooperation cannot be overemphasised, that should be the medium of our engagement. We have to engage on this continuously,” said Mthethwa, Xinhua news agency reported.
The culture ministers also agreed to engage the New Development Bank to fund cultural and creative industry programmes. They endorsed the establishment of the BRICS cultural working group which comprises of senior officials from BRICS countries to foster people to people cooperation and encourage cooperation in the creative industry.