Culture minister stresses book’s role in social, economic development

Luanda – Reading and book are crucial for socio-economic development of the societies due to their role in keeping citizen informed, communicate, discuss and participate actively in the exercise of democracy.

The importance of the book was stressed Tuesday in Luanda by minister of Culture, Carolina Cerqueira.

Carolina Cerqueira was speaking at the opening ceremony of the First Meeting of the National Multi-sector Commission for Monitoring and Implementing the Policy on National Book and Literature.

The minister said the book should encourage the fight against illiteracy and promotion of knowledge.

Meanwhile, the minister defended the need to boost the book publishing activity and strengthening of the wholesale book system, modernisation of bookstores as well as creating bookshops in municipalities and neighborhoods.

The official stressed the policy on book on mobilising resources and articulating the efforts of the Executive and civil society to set priorities and develop programmes focused on

the expansion of books and reading.

Coordinated by Minister of Culture, Carolina Cerqueira, the commission is tasked with

implementing the book and public reading strategy.

The commission’s task includes preparing and submitting proposals for normative and administrative acts of the head of Executive, propose and implement the National Reading Plan with the involvement of the relevant ministerial departments.

The activity includes evaluating and proposing measures aimed at the growth of the book industry, stimulating the use of the available national graphic capacity and competition.

The commission comprises ministers of Industry, Trade, Tourism, Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Media, Education, Social Action, Family and Women’s Promotion.

The secretaries of the President of Republic for Social Affairs, Institutional Communication and Press and the director of the Staff Office, are also part of the commission.

The list also groups director general of the National Library of Angola, National Institute of Cultural and Creative Industries, representatives of the Angolan Writers’ Association (UEA).

Also the Angolan Academy of Letters, Collective Management Entities, Publishers’ Association, book distributors, secondary and higher education institutions in the fields of literature, social sciences and the arts, religious associations and representatives of traditional authorities, share the list.

The five-year term commission is supported by a technical group made up of the representatives of the ministerial departments.

Source: Angola Press News Agency