Here is some cultural news coming out of the Solomon Islands…
Earlier this week John Wasi, the acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, officially opened the Solomon Islands Cultural Industries Entrepreneurship training in Honiara. He stated that the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government is very committed in the development of the cultural sector, as it is the pillar of unity in the country. Wasi states,
“The Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT), through the Culture Department is working closely with the Arts Alliance of Solomon Islands (AASI) to preserve, promote and develop the cultural heritage of Solomon Islands and also to ensure that culture is amalgamated with the tourism sector to provide economic benefits for our people.”
He continued his talk by stating that the MCT is committed to ensure that the Cultural sector is developed into a lucrative economic sector, whilst at the same time preserving and protecting the cultural identities of Solomon Islands. Additionally, he wanted to let everyone know at the workshop that the Ministry is in the process of presenting to parliament a bill on traditional knowledge and expression cultures, and that this is a bill that is enacted to protect the cultural rights of our people.
Mr. Wasi finished his talk by promising-
“Furthermore, we are also in the process of drafting a bill called Solomon Islands Arts and Cultural Council bill. This is mainly to regulate and coordinate all arts and cultural affairs of the country. Work is currently in progress and hopefully we should see the outcome of this establishment in 2016.”
This is something that is much-needed in the Solomon Islands, as their unique culture should have greater access, as well as it needs to be preserved and protected.
Honiara, Solomon Islands (Looking towards Iron Bottom Sound)