Ministry of Tourism and Arts Permanent Secretary Howard Sikwela
Ministry of Tourism and Arts Permanent Secretary Howard Sikwela

Ministry of Tourism and Arts Permanent Secretary Reverend Howard Sikwela has called on the National Arts Council to harmonise the NAC Act Chapter 31 of 1994 with the Cultural Policy and enact it into law in order to protect the sector.

Speaking when he officially closed the Arts business forum at Government Complex this afternoon, Reverend Sikwela said the Cultural Policy is a matter of urgency and should be aligned with other laws.

Reverend Sikwel called on artists to perfect the production of art works to compete favourably on the local and global markets.

He said this is very cardinal in any business so that consumers are provided with quality product as way of self-regulation.

And Art Historian and Geo Politics Scholar Andrew Mulenga said the policy is key and need to be fed back to the relevant authority.

He said the conference like the Arts Business Forum is the first step in the right direction towards addressing issues affecting artists.

Mr. Mulenga said there is need for follow up programs to developed the sector and grow it.

And Artist Danny Kapambwe who is a qualified Electrical Engineer said the artists should not be looked down upon as they have the potential to employ many and growth the economy.

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  1. Art is one of the biggest industries and foreign exchange earners in the US because that country has taken intellectual property seriously. The Zambian government must show the same seriousness with its artists.
    In Zambia you have broadacasting stations which are playing music and demanding payment from the singer for doing so!! Yaba!
    Whenever a radio station or any commercial entity plays someone’s music they owe him a royalty not the other way round. ZNBC, Hot FM Muvi TV in short all the broadcasting stations should be compelled to pay musicians every time they play these artists’ music. The Zambia Musicians union should initiate a law in parliament to protect their members. Real political parties would have pounced on this and made a name for themselves but they are only…

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    • It is also important for artistes to educate themselves regarding professional aspects of the trade so that they can themselves spearhead what is in their interests to a high standard.

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  2. Real political parties would have pounced on this and made a name for themselves in parliament by fighting for an industry that is in limbo but they are only interested in entering State House. They dont know that the musicians and artists are a platform to the electorate
    We wont develop with such dumb and selfish attitudes

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