BRICS states prepare to sign cooperation agreement on arts, culture

BRICS countries plan to sign an agreement on cultural cooperation at the group’s summit in Russia’s Ufa in July, South African Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa told Sputnik in an interview Tuesday.

BRICS countries plan to sign an agreement on cultural cooperation at the group’s summit in Russia’s Ufa in July, South African Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa told Sputnik in an interview Tuesday.

Mthethwa said the meeting in Moscow is part of preparations for the Ufa summit on the 8th and 9th of July. He stressed that the area of arts, culture and heritage has to play its role and the BRCIS countries want to put it very firmly on the agenda.

According to Mthetwa cultural cooperation was not paid enough attention to at the BRICS summit in 2013 in Durban.

He suggested that it is high time for BRICS countries to increase multilateral cooperation as, in his estimation, the sides have yet to achieve tangible results.

The participants of the meeting of BRICS culture ministers will discuss the current status and future prospects of cultural exchange projects. They will also share opinions about the draft inter-governmental agreement on cultural cooperation negotiated since 2012.

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