BRICS coun­tries com­mit to speed­ing up cul­tural co­op­er­a­tion

Asian Journal - - WORLD -

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.

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