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ACP culture ministers meet in Dominican Republic
2006-10-13 23:10:02 Xinhua English

HAVANA, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- The second Africa-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP)culture ministers' forum that began on Friday in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, attracted 80 minister-level officials, according to news reaching here.

The officials would review the work undertaken since the 2003 Action Plan approved in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, and other proposals for South-South cultural cooperation.

During the opening ceremony, Leonel Fernandez, the Dominican Republic's president, said access to culture is a fundamental right.

Ahead of the ministerial meeting, cultural experts met and discussed the implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Cultural Diversity, signed in 2003 in Geneva, and of the resolutions signed in 2005 at the Tunis World Summit on the Information Society.

The experts also took decisions related to information and communication technology.

On Saturday, Santo Domingo will host the one-day ACP Cultural Festival, in which 250 foreign musicians and their 400 Dominican counterparts will participate.

The ACP heads of state will hold their fifth summit in Khartoum, Sudan, on Dec. 4 to Dec. 10. Enditem

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