By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, a meeting was held Monday evening to review works of the Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) at Presidential Palace.
In the meeting, acting minister of information and culture Hasina Safi first spoke and thanked the country’s President for approving the ministry’s request in connection with assistance to Gul Zaman and a number of other artists as well as allocation of 160 million AFG for renovation of the country’s historic monuments.
Afterwards, deputy minister of art and culture for information and culture Prof. Mohammad Rasoul Bawari and a number of directors of various departments of the respective ministry spoke, saying that the ministry-related draft suggesting modification of laws and a number of regulations have been sent to ministry of justice.
The ministry’s officials asserted that publications’ policies have been completed and would be soon implemented in near future after having visions of mass media, adding that national cultural policy has been also prepared and sent to provinces to have their visions.
While delivering revenue plans and structural problems within the ministry, the ministry’s officials said structure of the ministry was old, asking the country’s President for instruction in reviewing it.
The ministry’s officials by informing of positive and effective changes in the ministry’s provincial departments said incomes of the ministry should be spent on its own, considering creation of a support fund for cultural heritages as significant.
After hearing their demands and visions, President Ghani said that efforts made for the improvement of the MoIC were good, but some serious changes needed to be brought in some areas.
President Ghani added that a youth committee should be created for promotion of cultural thought and should deliver a plan for appreciation of creative artists as well as those facing with financial problems.
“In the field of promotion of culture, we should create a cultural concept or thought and our cultural attachés in Afghanistan diplomatic representatives to foreign countries should be completely aware of history, culture and geography of Afghanistan,” President Ghani said.
Pointing that effective works have been done on creation of museums, the country’s President said museums should be managed under one single program as museums would not be effective without technology through which Afghanistan was connecting to foreign. At the end of his speech, President Ghani stressed on further works for preservation of inscriptions and investment on our culture.