A non-governmental body has been formally launched to give boost to cultural ties between Africa and China.
The body known as the Africa-China Culture and Arts Exchange Society (ACCAES) was unveiled with the sole aim of promoting inter-cultural activities between African artists and their counterparts from China under the cultural programme.
Remarking during the launch in Botswana, the China’s Ambassador to the country, Dr. Zhao Yanbo encouraged the body to be focused in setting out it primary objectives which according to him is for the organisation to penetrate the international market with a unique brand with strong originality.
The delighted ambassador further charged artists, educators and other professionals from both sides, to make impact in the international sphere.
Declaring the launch open, Botswana’s Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, Hon. Ngaka Ngaka said he is most privileged to be part of history through his visionary approach in showcasing Africa-China culture and arts to the world.
Ngaka said this initiative will serve to expand relations between African countries and China beyond the traditional jurisdictions of trade and diplomacy.
He was also of the view that the growing bilateral relations is an avenue for creativity and artistry which will enrich the people across the cultural divide and promote a win-win situation and mutual exchange in culture, arts and education.
On his part, President, World Crafts Council President (Africa Region) and Director- General of the National Council of Art and Culture (NCAC)) Otunba Segun Runsewe, who represented by the Director Research and Documentation, NCAC, Dr. Lizzy Iheanacho, emphasized the robust relations between his office and China.
She recalled that over seventeen staff of the NCAC had travelled to China for cultural exchange and human capital development training programme, adding: “With this body, culture and arts is opening a new dialogue of public discourse.”
Iheanacho used the opportunity to invite the various countries at the occasion to the forthcoming International Arts and Crafts expo (INAC) slated to hold from 20th -27th November later this year.