King Mohammed VI’s efforts to consolidate South-South cooperation and development in Africa were welcomed by the Ministers of Culture and Heads of Delegations of African countries signatories to the Rabat Declaration for the Strengthening of Cooperation culture between African countries.
This declaration, published at the end of the African Ministerial Meeting on Culture, held Monday in Rabat and whose objective is to lead a reflection on the mechanisms necessary for the development of joint cultural action in the service of the present and future of African citizens, also highlighted the leadership of the Kingdom in the fight against violence, extremism and separatism, and in the establishment of peace and security in Africa.
Similarly, the Declaration, which was read by the Minister of Youth, Culture and Communication, Mohamed Mehdi Bensaid, emphasized the strategic role of culture in building knowledge societies. , the strengthening of rapprochement and the contribution to global and sustainable development efforts in Africa, welcoming the choice of Rabat as African Capital of Culture for the year 2022-2023.
The event “Rabat, capital of African culture”, organized for a year under the high patronage of King Mohammed VI, was marked by a program rich in cultural events in the fields of literature, poetry, plastic arts, music, theatre, cinema, street arts, dance, digital arts, fashion shows, photography and folk art, storytelling and circus arts, in addition to various forums and intellectual meetings.
As part of this program, historical sites, public squares and districts of the city of Rabat have hosted a number of cultural events, some of which were initiated by civil society with the participation of the various national public institutions concerned with the cultural field. .
Supported by United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) Africa as well as by many national institutions, this event aims to promote the cultural influence of the Kingdom on the continent and internationally.