BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Ministers of Culture on Wednesday, signed a declaration in Johannesburg, South Africa after months of consultation. South Africa’s Ministers of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa hosted Ministers from BRICS countries at the Cradle of Humankind, Maropeng.
The declaration is set to increase cultural cooperation among members of the bloc. Members of the bloc will be accelerating cooperation in fashion, animation and culture. The South African Minister called for a speedy implementation of the declaration.
“This declaration is a clear signal of where we want to go and areas 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 need to engage on this continuously, said Mthethwa as reported by Xinhua news agency.
The Ministers agreed to engage the BRICS New Development Bank to fund arts and culture programmes .
“We need to move speedily and instruct the working group to begin work. Cultural diplomacy has to be accelerated. This must not be confined to the boardroom but should go to the people”, said South African Minister of Arts and Culture.
The Ministers also agreed to institution-institution cooperation – BRICS cooperation of museums and galleries.