UAE and St. Kitts and Nevis sign MoU to foster cultural cooperation

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Mr. Jonel Powel & Ms. Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi at the MoU signing ceremony

The UAE and Saint Kitts and Nevis, an island country in the West Indies, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cultural cooperation at the UAE Pavilion, on the sidelines of Expo 2020 Dubai.

Under the MoU, Both sides will foster the exchange of cultural studies, language, literature, arts and heritage, and participate in each other’s cultural and youth events and share experiences on policies and legislation in the creative economy realm and contribute to the creative industries.

The MoU was signed by Ms. Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth, and Mr. Jonel Powell, Minister of Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of St. Kitts and Nevis. It aims to cement the two countries’ cultural ties with a special focus on antiquities, arts and libraries, and expand their knowledge of national identity, their respective civilizations, culture and arts.

It will promote greater cooperation in supporting cultural and creative industries and support young talent and facilitate the implementation of international agreements in the framework of UNESCO and other relevant international MoUs related to monuments, heritage, arts, and libraries and direct cooperation in supporting the cultural and creative industries.

During the signing ceremony at the UAE Pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai, Ms. Al Kaabi praised the efforts of St. Kitts and Nevis to attract innovators and investors in the cultural and creative fields. By nurturing talent, the UAE aims to be a hub for incubators and the content industry.

The MoU will also encourage joint activities such as book fairs and cooperation in the field of technology giving free access to digital products. Exchange of books and publications, artistic exchange in cultural fields, and exchange of bibliographic information between the two countries are also covered in the MoU.

The two countries are taking the necessary measures to ensure the protection of intellectual property rights, within the framework of this MoU, in accordance with national legislation and international conventions ratified by the parties.

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