Culture Minister wants stronger cooperation with Algeria

Luanda – Angola’s Culture Minister, Carolina Cerqueira, said on Monday in Algiers, capital of Algeria, the country’s willingness to strengthen cooperation ties between the two nations in the cultural heritage, film and audiovisual sectors, cultural industries and museums.

The minister said so to the press on the fringes of the meeting with her Algerian counterpart, Azzedine Mihoubi, as part of a four-day visit by an Angolan delegation to the Maghreb country at the invitation of the Algerian Ministry of Culture.

Minister Carolina Cerqueira recalled during the meeting the role of the first President of the Republic of Angola, Antonio Agostinho Neto, who led the Angolan people to independence and the President of the Republic, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who led the peace, national reconciliation, multiparty and openness to national development and international solidarity.

During the meeting, the historical relations between both countries were discussed, as well as the need to promote the rapprochement between cultural agents, aiming at producing documentaries and literary and scientific works related to history and culture.

On her turn, Azzedine Mihoubi, Culture Minister of Algeria, said that despite close political and economic relations between both countries, cultural exchange plays a key role in strengthening it, especially for the dissemination of information to new generations, who do not know well each State’s path from independence to development challenges.

The Algerian official congratulated the Angolan Government for the inclusion of Mbanza Kongo city as a cultural world heritage, a sector in which Algeria provided technical support, to strengthen projects for the preservation of built heritage and the promotion of intangible heritage.

The Culture Minister’s work programme to Algeria, to end on June 20, includes, among others, visits to museums, libraries, archives and meetings with the respective official.

Source: Angola Press News Agency