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Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:53 - Updated Fri, 14 Jul 2017 08:15

UNESCO recommends re-launch of cultural industries in Mbanza Kongo

Luanda - The director of UNESCO's World Heritage Committee, Edmond Moukala, last Sunday in Cracow, Poland, recommended the implementation of a programme to re-launch cultural industries, with a view to generating employment and sustainable development in Mbanza Kongo City, Angola's northern Zaire Province capital.

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Edmond Moukala, UNESCO?S World Heritage Committee director.

Photo: Francisco Miúdo

Edmond Moukala made such recommendation during a meeting with the Angolan Culture minister, Carolina Cerqueira, on the fringes of the 41st session of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s World Heritage Committee, during which Mbanza Kongo City was selected as a World Heritage Site.

The UNESCO official revealed that there will be a focus on training the younger generations in areas like equity, justice, respect for elders and solidarity, which are values embedded in
the tradition and customs of the regions that make up the former Kongo Kingdom (northern Angola,  Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Gabon), whose capital was Mbanza Kongo.

He also suggested that the states should allocate financial amounts for the organisation, at medium and long terms, of inter-regional festivals intended to promote Mbanza Kongo as a
World Heritage Site.   

On her turn, minister Carolina Cerqueira thanked the support given by UNESCO at technical, diplomatic and institutional levels, which led to the success of Angola’s bid with the World Heritage Committee.

The meeting was also attended by the Angolan ambassador to UNESCO, Diankumpuna N’sadisi Sita José, and senior staffs of the Culture Ministry.

The 41st session of UNESCO’S World Heritage Committee is set to end this Wednesday.

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