Pacific culture Ministers have called for ongoing support for the region’s cultural sector and for greater collaboration, experience sharing and use of innovative approaches to fund culture, such as development levies and tax incentives.
Meeting in the wings of the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam, the Ministers 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.
The Third Pacific Ministers for Culture meeting was officially opened by Guam’s Governor Eddie Baza Calvo who noted the need to perpetuate and preserve Pacific cultures.
“We are now looking at these [cultural] skills again because we understand that traditional practices can help promote entrepreneurship, sustainable development and economic growth,” Governor Calvo said.
During the meeting, convened by the Pacific Community (SPC), the Ministers discussed the importance of support from SPC, UNESCO, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, University of the South Pacific (USP) and other partners for advancing cultural development in the region. READ MORE