Nigeria holds its first National Policy Dialogue on development of creative industries
01 August 2012

UNCTAD was invited to attend the first National Policy Dialogue on the development of creative/entertainment industries in Nigeria held last month in Lagos to identify challenges and develop a roadmap going forward in the context of the Nigerian Vision 2020 and the UN Millennium Development Goals.​

The event was organized by the Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, supported by UNCTAD, UNDP and the Nigerian Export-Import Bank.

The Dialogue was opened by the Honorable Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke.

Attending the Dialogue were government authorities -- national and local, creative industry professionals from all sectors, financial institutions and banks, academia and training institutes and international organizations.

The objectives of the Policy Dialogue were:

(i) to facilitate synergies between the Government and stakeholders to support and re-position the creative industries as important

vehicles for economic and social transformation.

(ii) to highlight the rising contribution of creative industries to Nigeria's economy, GDP, trade, tourism and image promotion.

(iii) to identify the myriad challenges affecting the growth of creative industries and to develop a roadmap to address them.

The 3-day event included debates on sectoral issues, the UNCTAD-UNDP Creative Economy Report 2010, investment opportunities, policy and fiscal issues, human and institutional capacity building, insurance and health, and the regulatory framework.

UNCTAD and UNDP were invited to make a joint presentation on "Global Trends and New International Dimension in Transforming Creative Industries."

Ms. Carolina Quintana from the Creative Economy & Industries Programme, Division of Trade, represented UNCTAD.


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