The Ministry of Culture, represented by the Supreme Council of Culture, renewed the cooperation protocol signed with the Union of European National Cultural Institutes in the field of the development of cultural industries and increasing the capacities of workers in the cultural sector, both governmental and private, at the headquarters of the Supreme Council of Culture.
The artist, Dr. Enas Abdel Dayem, Minister of Culture, said that the renewal of the protocol comes within the framework of implementing the strategy of the Ministry of Culture to support cultural industries within sustainable development plans and Egypt’s Vision 2030, adding that it has aim to prepare and develop cultural and arts managers and provide training and financial support to owners of initiatives and innovative ideas in the field of cultural industries, and she added that implementation will begin next September in Port Said governorate, with expansion in other governorates during the coming period, noting that this comes as a prelude to the launch of the second version of the Creative Circles initiative to develop cultural industries.
The signature was signed by Dr. Hisham Azmy, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Culture, in the presence of Juana Mira Cabello, head of the operations of the second economic sector, Michelle Rizzi, cultural attaché of the European Union, Frederica Beria, director of the Department of Cultural Programs, supervisor of the Middle East and North Africa, and representative of the Union of European National Cultural Institutes.
During the signing ceremony Dr. Hisham Azmy, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Culture, welcomed the participants and said that the artist, Dr. Enas Abdel-Dayem, Minister of Culture supports all forms of cooperation of specialized bodies and institutions in accordance with common goals, and emphasizes that the cooperation arose from the original role of the Supreme Council of Culture as the planner of cultural policy in Egypt through its various committees and mechanisms and within the framework of permanent and continuous work to achieve the strategic objectives of the Ministry of Culture in its connection with the sustainable development plan – Egypt Vision 2030, and with the international objectives as well, all of which included an action to cultural industries to support as a strategic objective, noting that the Supreme Council of Culture appreciates the efforts made by the Federation of European Cultural Centers during recent years in the field of supporting creative and cultural industries, which are currently among the world’s priorities as the fastest growing and most sustainable industry, and its importance also stems from a reflection of identity, civilization and cultural influence (as a soft power), and he explained that the renewal of the protocol is an additional step towards justice. Cultural, where the new phase is launched with a program to develop the capabilities of The directors of culture and art in Port Said governorate include the provision of two levels of support: training support provided to those accepted by the owners of cultural ideas and projects that bear the characteristics of innovation, and provide financial support only to cultural projects that are more complete. and clear in their vision at the end of the training.
Frederica Beria, Director of the Department of Culture in the Middle East and representative of the Federation of European Cultural Centers, emphasized the importance of the Supreme Council of Culture taking this step to develop and develop cultural frameworks, adding that cooperation increases the effectiveness and expertise of managers working in the Egyptian cultural sector in all regions, as the program will first start in Port Said to build a conscious and creative cultural community, and she added that it aims to engage with young arts and culture directors and owners of cultural initiatives and projects in the government and private cultural sectors to provide all means of support and empowerment that will ensure the continuity of their projects. The training falls under the umbrella of the European Union, which aims to provide a training program at an academic level. to provide professional cultural competences.
Juana Mira Cabello, head of the economic cooperation sector at the European Union, emphasized that culture plays an important role in our lives and constantly offers us new ideas, as well as a kind of continuous support in the field of cultural creativity. , adding that culture is the main axis in sustainable development alongside social, economic and environmental development. And that the European-Egyptian relations aim to work on partnerships to support workers in the cultural sector, empower them and train them in cultural management, which is in line with the strategic objectives of the European Union regarding the Egyptian cultural sector, noting that the renewal of the protocol creates the appropriate climate to support the creative industry sector in Egypt and create opportunities. Work and stimulate the capital cycle, and she hoped that cooperation will continue in the coming years.
The signing ceremony of the protocol began with the presentation of Rasha Abdel Moneim, Director of Training at the Supreme Council of Culture, during which she said that the renewal of the protocol is a step on the path of cooperation that began two years ago between the Supreme Council for Culture and the Federation of European National Cultural Institutes in the field of increasing the capacities of workers in the cultural sector through the creative circles project it presented. Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Dayem, and it was implemented by the Training Department under the supervision of Rasha El-Fiky, Director General of Organization and Administration, and Mohamed Youssef, Head of the Central Administration for the Affairs of the President of the Supreme Council for Culture .