ALBA Culture Ministers Meet in Bolivia

Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) The fourth meeting of Culture Ministers of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) begins Wednesday, focused on assessing advances and challenges, an official source informed.

The meeting will look at how the ALBA bloc can improve its work in the area of culture, the event’s public relations officer, Silvana Saavedra, told Prensa Latina.

Based on the experiences so far, the culture ministers from ALBA countries plan to discuss the need to increase the contribution of culture to the political, social, and economic processes taking place on the continent.

Other issues include the creation of a technical/legal working group to draw up an agreement for eliminating customs and tax barriers for the production, acquisition, and distribution of cultural goods and services within the bloc, according to a press release.

The meeting also aims to encourage the creation of ALBA cultural centers, which exist only in Cuba and Venezuela so far.

Organizing the first Cultural Festival of the ALBA-TCP Peoples, which may become a biannual event, will be another point under debate.

The culture ministers of all eight ALBA member countries will attend the meeting: Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Venezuela.

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