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Context



According to the Creativity Report 2008 (United Nation), the international exchanges of goods and services amounted USD 335 Billions in 2005 ( +/ 3% of worldwide trade). For the same year, the ACP countries contributed to less than 0, 5% of the wealth generated by cultural industries.

Beyond the mere economic impact of today's cultural production, one can witness a major shift in the global economy in which creativity seems to play an increasingly important role.

The accomplished globalisation of our societies, the spread of ITC along with a deeper awareness of the dangers pressing on world natural resources are factors that will generate demand of more creative, innovative and non polluting contents and products in the future.

In that sense, the rise of cultural industries is the result of this phenomenon that affects not only the artistic domain but all the components of contemporary society.

Now is the time for ACP States to grab the opportunity given by new sources of growth and to harness their creative dynamics to new forms of sustainable development.

Yet, the capacity of ACP Countries to implement appropriate policies has been hitherto limited. In that respect, the lack of methodological instruments enabling analyse of their cultural sector has been a consistent obstacle.


Missions of the Cultural Observatory


The Declarations of Ministers of Culture in Santo Domingo (2006) and in Dakar (2003) embody the will of ACP States to respond to this need to promote and strengthen the ACP cultural industries. They also give the mandate allowing the implementation of the ACP Cultural Observatory.


The ACP Cultural Observatory is conceived as a pilot project. It aims at providing support to the ACP Countries in the understanding of the emerging trends and features of cultural industries. In the long run, it should contribute to the fostering of legal and institutional frameworks, support the progressive implementation of public policies and reinforce knowledge and capacities of ACP decision makers and operators involved in the cultural domain.