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Culture a bridge for communication, understanding and progress among countries today, says minister

Culture a bridge for communication, understanding and progress among countries today, says minister

QNA
Doha
TECHNOLOGICAL development has reduced the distances between nations, the Minister of Culture and Sports HE Salah bin Ghanem al Ali said, while noting that mobility between countries, as well as transmission of cultures, information and goods, have become much more easier than ever. He said this in his opening speech at the Regional Conference on Cultural Diversity. The conference, which kicked off under the slogan ‘Culture: Bridges of Dialogue and Understanding’ in Doha on Monday’, is being organised by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD).
The two-day conference seeks to emphasise the role of the State of Qatar as a reliable partner at the international level as well as to highlight the role of culture in strengthening relations between Qatar and the ACD member states.
The meet stressed the importance of culture as a bridge for communication, understanding and progress in the globalised world.
The digital revolution has widened one’s circle of acquaintance facilitating dialogue between peoples belonging to different cultural backgrounds, the minister pointed out.
He, however, stressed the importance of preserving both common human values and distinct national identities amid the onslaught of cutting-edge technologies.
For his part, the Secretary-General of ACD Burnshai Danivathanna appreciated the efforts of Qatar in promoting intercultural dialogue while highlighting cultural diversity of the people of Asia to bring harmony and peaceful coexistence in the region.
He called upon the ACD member states to chalk out a plan of action on culture and tourism to promote dialogue among civilisations.
The ACD aims to strengthen interdependence among Asian countries, identify common strengths and expand commerce and trade in Asian markets to be able to communicate with the rest of the world on an equal footing and contributing to mutual peace and prosperity, he pointed out.
The first session of the conference, moderated by Dr Majid al Ansari, a member of Qatar University faculty, reviewed the issue of cultural diversity and its impact on Asian societies.
The former minister of foreign affairs of Malaysia Tan Sri Hamid Aa Bar presented Malaysia’s experience in pluralism, which he attributed to the multicultural population of the Malays.
For his part, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Qatar HE Khosro Sahibzadeh thanked f Qatar for the excellent organisation of the conference and said that dealing with cultural diversity has become a part of everyday life today.
The CEO of Doha Film Institute Fatma al Remaihi said, “Films bring together people of different cultures. Through films, we can discover what is happening around us and know the cultures of countries where those films are made.”
She said that the DFI has so far supported 422 cinema projects from different countries, especially Asian countries, to promote cultural dialogue among nations.
The second session discussed “Cultural diversity in Asian countries’. The Head of Cultural Years at Qatar Museums Aisha al Attiyah spoke about Qatar’s experience with the Cultural Years Program and how it has succeeded in strengthening relations between Qatar and the world.
Chairman of the Cultural Club of the Sultanate of Oman Dr Aisha al Darmaki and the Ambassador of Japan to Qatar HE Seichi Otsuka spoke about their countries’ experiences of cultural diversity.
The opening ceremony began with the screening of a short film produced by the Ministry of Culture and Sports. The film reviewed the ministry’s efforts in promoting dialogue among civilisations.
A drama entitled ‘Accept the others’ produced by the Center for Theater Affairs was also staged on the
occasion.

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