The East African Community (EAC) is moving towards establishing creative and cultural industries council that will provide an environment conducive to stimulate and enhance creativity among citizens of the trading bloc.


The move came at the time when piracy and counterfeit products remained a serious challenge thwarting development of culture across east African region.

Bob Odiko, senior official at the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), told Xinhua here on Thursday that the regional decision-making body is coming up with a special body to strengthen the industry.

“In two day, EALA members are to meet in Kampala, Uganda, and among the key bills which are expected to sail through include the EAC Creative and Cultural Industries Bill 2015 and this will be for the third reading before its endorsement,” the official said.

Once formed, he said, the council will provide high quality training for skills and creativity development and formulate policies and strategies that shall stimulate creativity and innovations among the youth to ensure long term supply of talents.

Jesca Eriyo, EAC Deputy Secretary General in-charge of Productive and Social Sectors, describes creative and cultural industries as one of the fastest growing sectors in the global economy and contribute significantly to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of many developed and developing countries.

Arusha-based arts and curios maker Ali Kondo welcomed the EAC move, saying it will help to boost the industry, which for many years was neglected by governments in the region.

“This sector has been neglected, we had no one to speak on our behalf, we are welcoming the council to stand for our rights,” he said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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