ABU DHABI, May 21, 2020 (WAM) – Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, discussed with Franck Riester, French Minister of Culture, by videoconference, ways to develop bilateral cooperation between the UAE and France in the culture and innovation sector.
They also discussed the exchange of expertise and best practices, in particular in the light of the exceptional conditions caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.
Al Kaabi informed Riester of the precautionary measures taken by the United Arab Emirates since the beginning of the crisis and of the efforts of the national authorities to ensure the continuity of activities, such as distance work and apprenticeship systems.
She added that the Ministry of Culture has launched a national program to support talents affected by the COVID-19 crisis, as well as programs that provide individuals and institutions operating in the cultural sector with financial support according to the best standards, to ensure that they continue to enrich the country’s cultural scene.
Al Kaabi and Riester also discussed cooperation between the two countries, as part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in publishing digital policies to protect the guidelines of intellectual property. Riester noted that this step will allow artists to create high-quality content on the Internet and will help ensure confidentiality.
Riester presented the measures taken by France to mitigate the effects of the current health crisis on the cultural sector, including the current reopening of libraries, bookstores, galleries and small museums, as well as the future reopening of museums and cultural sites in June or July and the reopening of cinemas in July while committing to social distancing rules.
The global alliance for the protection of heritage in conflict zones, the “Aliph Foundation”, is an important achievement of bilateral cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and France, which aims to protect human heritage and restore sites in conflict zones, said Riester in conclusion. .