Malawi National Commission for Unesco has underscored need for the country to enhance efforts in promoting culture as it plays a crucial role in economic development.
Acting Deputy Executive Secretary for the commission, David Mulera, said this yesterday in Lilongwe when he opened a training workshop on reporting for the 2005 Unesco convention on the protection and promotion of diversity of cultural expressions.
“I would like to thank those that have been active to ensure that cultural diversity is active so that people are given the opportunity to express themselves. Culture is about values, the way of life and it defines people. So let us promote cultural diversity and involve everyone,” Mulera said.
He said there are various ways of preserving culture including paintings, music, stories and that everything put together can contribute positively to the economic development.
Director in the Department of Arts in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Humphreys Mpondaminga, said the training was a follow-up on the January 2020 refresher meeting.
He said they were happy that the training would reacquaint players on issues on the convention and that beyond that; they wanted to introduce the new implementation and monitoring mechanisms.
“There is just so much which is involved regarding to arts and culture, you are looking at the creation, process, distribution and consumption and look at specific issues we need to coordinate as a country,” Mpondaminga said.