'Zim cultural industry has potential'
Shamiso Yikoniko A recent survey has revealed that Zimbabwe’s cultural industry has enormous potential to contribute to socio-economic development, but the sector is hindered by poor organisation. Among the challenges cited are lack of research, poor documentation of data and information on the cultural industry due to poor funding as well as the lack of a centralised information and knowledge management system. Key findings of the survey indicate that the “culture sector in Zimbabwe has immense potential to contribute to livelihoods and the national income.” The survey was conducted by the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), and the Culture Fund Trust.
The survey was conducted in Harare and its major surrounding areas (Ruwa, Epworth, Norton and Chitungwiza) using the 2009 Unesco framework for cultural statistics as a basis.In Zimbabwe, the cultural industry has, over the past few years, emerged as a source of income, employment and a tool to assert the people’s national identity. The cultural industry contributes immensely in attracting tourist inflows and building the country’s image.
The survey reveals that almost 74 percent of the institutions in the cultural industry indicated that lack of funding was a major constraint in their businesses.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Sunday Mail