The South African Minister of Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, and his Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) counterpart, Khadija Hamdi, have signed agreements of cooperation in the field of culture.
The cooperation agreements are in the aspects of expansion and strengthening of the ties in the areas of culture, arts and material and immaterial heritage, plus cultural exchange including exhibitions, art handicraft, cinema, music and theater.
The agreements also provide for cooperation in the field of training and promoting schools, museums and archives of cultural character. There is also provision for the funding and support of projects, programmes, cultural activities and creation of regulatory mechanisms in the field of cooperation and encouragement of contact between cultural institutions and individuals.
Under the terms of the agreements , the two countries will benefit from the each other’s experience in the field of preservation of cultural heritage, as well as lifting tariffs at the present and in the future between the two countries in the cultural means.
The agreements fall within the framework of promoting strong bilateral relations between the two countries in the cultural fields.
Minister Nathi Mthethwa is currently on a three-day working visit to the Saharawi refugee camps and the Sahrawi Republic.