[lg policy] NACZ speaks on National Culture Policy

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[image: NACZ speaks on National Culture Policy] Nicholas Moyo

*Boniface Chimedza Arts Correspondent*

National Arts Council of Zimbabwe acting director, Nicholas Moyo has shed
some light on the relevance of the National Arts, Culture and Heritage
Policy, whose purpose is to transform the country’s creative industries.

While this is not the first policy that has been passed to govern the arts
and culture sector, it has indeed brought a new ray of hope to stakeholders
in the arts industry.

In an interview, Moyo said the policy is an instrument meant to create an
operational framework for the birth and sustenance of creative industries.

“The policy is not a law, but its primary purpose is to create an
operational framework that enhances the growth and development of the arts
and culture sector, culminating in the creation of vibrant creative
industries,” Moyo said.

Minister of Sport, Arts and Recreation, Kazembe Kazembe distributed a soft
copy of the policy during his first encounter with stakeholders in the
sector early this year, in an effort to create an awareness of the
provisions of the policy and its relevance to the stakeholders in the
sector.

*While the National Arts, Culture and Heritage Policy was originally
written in English, its abridged version is also available in local
languages that include Shona, Ndebele, Changani, Chewa, Kalanga, Nambya,
Ndau, Sotho, Tonga and Venda.*

“Government should be seen to be in the forefront of the practical
implementation of the aspect of using our local languages in doing
business. We had to transcend the language barrier through the translation
of the policy into local languages to improve the stakeholders’
understanding of the policy document,” said Moyo.

The National Arts, Culture and Heritage Policy is meant to create a
framework that will enhance the operations which cover the creation,
production, distribution and consumption of the creative artistic and
cultural products.

“We need a new breed of the voice of the creators. Government is willing to
listen to the sector but the sector should come with issues that are solid
and tangible.

Government also recognizes that it has a role and a responsibility to build
the capacity of the creators, administrators and managers so that they
harness their full potential,” Moyo asserted.

Moyo emphasized that it is in the interests of any creator to acquaint
themselves with the policies that govern their trade, adding that the
challenge of piracy can also be significantly reduced through having a
well-controlled and functional industry.

“An unregulated industry will remain informal and will not realize its full
potential because it is unregulated,” he said.

“We want to develop and stimulate the creation of cultural industries. The
Industry should have a well-defined value chain for the creation,
production, distribution and consumption of creative artistic and cultural
products. If these four things are alive then the value chain becomes well
defined. In the absence of a well-defined value chain the cultural policy
will be a farce,” Moyo stated.

Quality control in the production of creative products and investor
incentives such as tax rebates for corporates supporting the sector were
some of the focal points that Moyo said Government needs to consider, as
that would bolster the support of the sector and transform it into the
industry that can significantly contribute to the country’s gross domestic
product.

Crafted to resonate with the current national development framework and
processes, the National Arts, Culture and Heritage Policy builds upon the
previous researches and the Culture Policy document of 2007, while drawing
attention to issues that have not received adequate consideration from the
previous Culture Policy.

Building on the participation and wide consultations among the stakeholders
in the Arts, Culture and Heritage sectors, the policy envisages to address
the major needs, concerns and opportunities within the sectors, while
enhancing their contribution to national development goals.


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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
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Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
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