February 26, 2021

The Government of Panama approves a bill that creates the Ministry of Culture

Panama, Jul 9 EFE.- The Panamanian Government approved on Tuesday a bill that establishes the creation of an unpublished Ministry of Culture, a portfolio that will be occupied by the current director of the National Institute of Culture (Inac), Carlos Aguilar.

The initiative, a campaign promise from the president of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo, who took office on July 1 for the 2019-2024 period, was approved at the meeting of the Cabinet (council of ministers), and must be presented to the National Assembly (AN) for its discussion and ratification.

The Cabinet authorized the Minister of Education, Maruja Gorday, to present to the unicameral AN, of 71 seats, 40 of them in the hands of allies of Cortizo, the draft Law 029-19 created by the Ministry of Culture and dictates other provisions .

Aguilar, an economist, film director and television producer, told reporters that from the new ministry he will "work so that culture reaches everyone."

The future Minister of Culture said that in this portfolio "certainly" there will be new addresses, some that were found in other ministries such as the General Directorate of National Crafts, the Film Directorate and the General Directorate of Copyright, attached to the Ministry of Commerce and Industries.

The current director of Inac also announced the creation of new offices in what will be the Ministry of Culture, with the purpose of presenting cultural products as "tourism products", as well as others in the field of creative industries, and citizen participation law in the culture.

Aguilar stressed that with the creation of the Ministry of Culture, the National Government "is fulfilling this campaign promise so that all Panamanians, from birth, have the right to demonstrate, to express themselves through art and culture."

As for the budget to be allocated to the Ministry of Culture, a line that has historically been neglected by different administrations, the vice president and Panamanian minister of the Presidency, José Gabriel Carrizo, said he will continue working in its first phase with the Inac budget.

However, Carrizo said that within the general budget of the State of 24,000 million dollars "there will be sufficient resources, well managed, to give culture and education what they deserve."

The Inac, future Ministry of Culture, was created by law 63 of 6 of 1974, to guide, encourage, coordinate and direct cultural activities in the national territory.

It is also responsible for preventing the illegal trafficking of archaeological pieces, conserving the 5 monumental complexes and the 90 immovable properties declared national historical monuments, such as those declared by Unesco World Heritage.

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