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21.04.2008 General News

EU to support cultural sector in Ghana

By GNA


The European Union (EU) has made available two million Euros under the European Union Development Fund (EDF) to support the cultural sector in Ghana.

Mr Kwasi Gyan Apenteng, coordinator of the Cultural Initiatives Support Programme (CISP), made this known at a day's workshop for technical theatre production personnel at Cape Coast on Saturday.

He said the CISP was established to transform the cultural landscape of the country because it was beset with many shortfalls and weaknesses.

Mr Apenteng mentioned the lack of training for technical staff and financial constraints as some of the problems and said they prevented people with ideas and talents in culture from realizing their dreams.

He urged the government to invest in cultural activities to generate income to support the economy.

He said so far the CISP had received over 1500 applications from individuals and organizations for financial support.

Mr Emmanuel Quao, regional director of the Centre for National Culture, thanked the EU for supporting cultural initiatives in the country saying it would help in tapping the potentials in that area.

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