Writers reflect about culture policies in Central Africa

The Angolan writers Cremilda de Lima and Aguinaldo CristovAPound o, as well as the SAPound o Tomean writer LA�cio Amado, were the main speakers at the roundtable on “Cultural Integration in the context of Central Africa”. The moderator of the debate was the Moroccan teacher of Spanish language and Portuguese language researcher, Fatima Lahssini.

During the roundtable – which was also attended by the general director of the Angolan Cultural Industries National Institute, Gabriel Cabuco – the participants debated issues like “linguistic and literary integration” and “benefits of cultural integration in the African context, in general, and in the Central Africa countries, in particular”.

The writer Aguinaldo CristovAPound o defended the need for active cultural policies, which enable the member countries of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to strengthen, through providing incentives to cultural industries, the historic-cultural and linguistic ties, alongside the economic co-operation.

He said at the level of the community there are linguistic obstacles that can be overcome, adding that cultural integration provides sustainability to economic integration.

The writer Cremilda de Lima pointed out the role of literature in the promotion of reading and information about other cultures.

Cremilda de Lima, who is a specialist in children literature, highlighted the role of writers in the field of co-operation through bilingual fairs and publishing, as well as touched on aspects relating to the Portuguese Language Spelling Agreement.

She emphasised the role of the Portuguese language as a factor of national unity in Angola and appealed for the valuing of the indigenous languages, as a vehicle to convey the cultural heritage.

On his turn, the SAPound o Tomean writer LA�cio Amado presented the immigration topic as an issue that has to be analysed in the ambit of the integration of countries and defended major focus on interculturalism.

He reminded that at the level of Central Africa the countries implement cultural policies in different speeds, having highlighted the example of Equatorial-Guinea which has been investing in massive teaching of the Portuguese language, in the framework of its integration in the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP).

The debate – which was translated in French and Arab – was part of the cultural programme of the 23rd Casablanca International Book and Publishing Fair, in which Angola participated as guest of honour.

The event, held from 08 to 19 February, a daily public attendance of about 3000 to 6000 visitors.

Source: Angola Press News Agency