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Creatives seek independent ministry

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By Hussein Kiganda

Associations and federations within the creative and cultural industry are advocating for the establishment of a unified ministry that can address their concerns comprehensively.

Currently, the industry comprises multiple associations and federations, including the Uganda Musicians Association, Uganda Performing Rights Society, National Cultural Forum, Pearlwood, Uganda National Cultural Centre and Uganda Reproduction Rights Organisation.

The existence of numerous creatives’ federations and associations suggests that the creative industry is currently divided across several ministries, commissions, and government bodies.

During a recent meeting with Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja, stakeholders from the sector urged her to consider establishing an independent ministry dedicated to it. Such a ministry would enable creatives to streamline their interactions by centralising all their affairs within a single governing body.

“The creation of a dedicated ministry for the creative industry is a significant policy change that could potentially improve the development and recognition of the creative sector in Uganda,” read part of a document from one of the associations.

The culture and creative sector currently falls under the purview of the Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development, but it is also influenced by the Uganda Registration Service Bureau, Media Council, Uganda Communications Commission, and various other organisations.

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