Senate committee urges gov't to set up higher council for culture and arts

Haifa Najjar
Minister of Culture, Haifa Najjar. (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN —The Senate's Culture, Youth and Sports Committee, headed by Bassam Haddadin, called for forming a higher council for culture and arts to undertake the promotion of cultural activities in the Kingdom, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

During a meeting on Sunday with the Minister of Culture, Haifa Najjar, Haddadin said a higher council for culture and arts exists in most countries worldwide and its mission is to steer nationwide efforts by civil society organizations and relevant authorities towards developing and organizing all forms of culture and art activities.

Haddadin said art and cultural activities, in all their forms, entrench national values through the establishment of cultural centers across the Kingdom's governorates, and function as "perquisites for civilized development and progress and helps the country keep pace with modern times.”

For her part, Najjar, welcomed the idea of establishing a higher council for culture and arts, stressing the possibility of discussing ways to implement the proposal with the Cabinet to draft legislation that aligns with a national cultural project.

She also noted that her ministry takes the idea of establishing the council "seriously," and as a national demand, noting the importance of networking and building "true" partnerships with relevant authorities to enhance the concept of citizenship and productivity and to reinforce the sense of national responsibility.

Committee members called on the Ministry of Culture to enhance coordination with concerned authorities to raise cultural awareness among the youth, as well as to highlight Jordan's culture and revive the role of cultural centers countrywide.

The Senate committee agreed that the Ministry’s budget needs to be increased to be able to carry out its mandate in the cultural sphere.

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