Botswana: Creative Industry Economy Driver

| July 21, 2016

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture (MYSC) programmes officer, Buyani Mphetsolang says the creative industry has contributed towards the economic growth in the Ngmailand District.

He said arts and culture were economic drivers in communities.

Delivering a speech at the creativity celebration, Mphetsolang said arts and culture contributed to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country's economy.

He said after realising the importance of arts to the society, his ministry decided to give out grants to arts and culture projects and programmes in areas such as music choral, dance, workshops, festivals, poetry and literature, theatre, visual arts and crafts.

The aim of the grant was to empower artists, cultural practitioners and organisations to do more and contribute towards economic diversification through development of sustainable projects.

"We also have provision to attend annual regional festivals, purchase artifacts for example last year we spent over P2 million in procurement of the artifacts in Ngamiland region," he added.

Mphetsolang said other ministries were also encouraged to put aside some funds to purchase local artifacts.

He also explained that the ministry also do talent search through organisations such as My Star and Signed international.

In addition, he said, the MYSC continues to annually fund registered community organizations in the Ngamiland area such as the Kamanakao, Otjiserandu, Ovambanderu cultural festivals as well as Maun Arts Festival which its funding has been increased from the tune of P50 000 to P340 000 last year with an aim to grow and expand the industry and also give exposure to artists.

He appreciated that the district has a very interesting, vibrant and economically viable culture and artistic talents adding that events such as creativity celebration provide a stimulus to the economy.

He said if efforts could be made to vigorously package, brand and promote arts and culture activities in a viable manner, the economy could reap huge benefits.

Source: Botswana Daily News.

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