Stakeholders of the Arts and Culture milieu in Cameroon met in Yaounde on Friday July 1, to evaluate the contribution made by the sector in developing the country and how to address shortcomings faced so far.
Particular attention was paid to the possible ways of improving the conditions of artists among other actors of the sector. Requests were made such as the provision of an allowance or salary for them and an increment in the budget of the Ministry of Arts and Culture.
The argument resulted from the absence of adequate funding, lack of infrastructure for cultural and artistic expression, and shortage in training opportunities.
A call was also made for the promotion of private ventures and targeting of potential investors to boost the sector. One of the participants, Hon. Hilarion Etong, challenged his colleagues to increase their interest in cultural issues while working to attract more private investments.
Minister Bidoung Mpkatt on his part, encouraged artists in Cameroon to be the first defenders of their interests urging them to put an end to the anarchy that has been plaguing the sector for years.
It is worth noting that Covid-19 and security threats, paralyzed activities last year. Notwithstanding, every determined individual involved looks forward to ameliorating the present situation.
Written by Pavel Joseph Nyuysuliy – Journalist