Pacific culture, a valuable resource

Matangi Tonga Online:

Saturday, 28th May 2016

Pacific Ministers for Culture have declared to meet every two-years instead of every four years, in their call for ongoing support to the region’s cultural sector during their Third Meeting in Guam this week.

The Ministers who met on May 25 during the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts were passionate about the value of culture in the Pacific, underscoring that culture is among the Pacific region’s most valuable resources, along with its people and the environment.

They also called for greater collaboration, experience sharing and use of innovating approaches to fund the cultural sector, such as development levies and tax incentives, stated SPC.
The Ministers including Tonga’s Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon Fe’ao Vakata, had discussed the mid-term review of the Regional Cultural Strategy, Investing in Pacific Cultures 2010-2020 and decided to accelerate implementation through sub-regional working groups and profile culture at the Micronesia Leaders Summit and the Polynesian leaders Group.

They also committed to meet every two-years rather than every four-years during the Festival of Pacific Arts.

Ministers supported USP’s development of a Professional Certificate in Heritage Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Pacific Studies, Heritage and Arts and agreed to pursue scholarships for arts and culture sector studies.

They also acknowledged support from partners SPC, UNESCO, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, USP and others for advancing cultural development in the region.

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