The Egyptian Ministry of Culture adopts a number of executive programs, the most prominent of which is perhaps a program that fosters and protects the citizen's right to freedom of expression, which is the Cultural Justice Program. It aims to achieve justice is the cultural sector in terms of every artist's right to disseminate his or her work and be allowed freedom of expression regardless of gender, age, religion, or sex.
The executive program for achieving social justice also seeks to achieve the just distribution of cultural services across the country with no ethnic discrimination and no favoritism towards one region and not the other in the provision of these services, so that culture becomes the right of every citizen. The activities provided to border areas and remote areas include symposiums, forums, cultural salons, sessions for poetry, literature and artistic activities, cultural caravans, storytelling workshops for children, screenings for children and adults, workshops and galleries for plastic arts, and training workshops for handicrafts and heritage crafts. The total number of activities is 11,409 activities with a total of 704,007 beneficiaries.
The Cultural Justice Program addresses the issue of the cultural integration of the citizens of border areas, and endeavors to strengthen the values of national belonging in the hearts of Egyptian citizens in remote and border areas. It also seeks to integrate them with the citizens of Cairo and the cities of the Nile Delta through a series of field visits to a number of museums, the Religions Complex and various cultural and touristic sites in the Arab Republic of Egypt. Cultural convoys were also organized with the aim of providing cultural and societal support to Egyptian families in remote areas, offering care and awareness-raising to young people at all their locations, strengthening social responsibility, and spreading the components of literary and heritage culture among the different sectors of society. The Ministry organized 953 cultural convoys to border governorates and villages in the governorates of the West and Central Delta region, as well as the villages of the governorates of Minya in the central Upper Egypt region. The program also includes a number of initiatives such as the "People of Egypt" initiative, which targets the cultural integration of border children through the Border Youth Forum, multiple forums for border women, and the Minya convoys for fostering citizenship.
Encouragement for specialized women's festivals has also increased, along with the delegation of Egyptian women abroad to participate in international events. The Egyptian Children's Creativity Award for children aged 15 and under highlights the Ministry's keenness on fostering the different types of cultural expression irrespective of determinants like sex, gender or age. A bill modifying articles of intellectual property law was also approved to allow those who are less than 21 years old to register and document their work to safeguard it.
Enhancing the positive role of Egyptian arts and culture and their representation in the various international and regional forums, which strengthens the Egyptian cultural influence regionally and internationally and allows for increased cooperation and coordination with other states on the regional and international levels. To achieve this objective, the Ministry of Culture is working on two pillars. The first pillar is the events held by the ministry in Egypt as the ministry has held more than 20 international events in Egypt. The second pillar is the international events in which Egypt participates abroad as the Ministry of Culture has carried out cultural and artistic activities in more than 80 states across the globe, in addition to Egypt's participation in international forums and conferences and the implementation of the agenda of Egypt's presidency of the African Union and the agenda of the France-Egypt Cultural Year 2019.
The role played by the Egyptian Academy of Arts in Rome, which was founded in 1929, and is considered one of the most vital and influential bridges that deliver local innovations to the world. It is also considered a cornerstone and a shining beacon of culture in the heart of Europe as it contributes in turn to the promotion of Egypt and its cultural heritage as one of the tools of soft Egyptian power. This is done by shedding light on some national projects in its documentary screenings throughout the cultural and artistic season, which relies on cultural diversity alongside continued efforts to foster the concept of cultural identity.
As part of the fifth program in its action plan, the ministry also aims to organize the events pertaining to Cairo's selection as the Capital of Islamic Culture for the year 2020, the arrangements for the Egypt-Russia Culture Year 2020, and the preparation of an art project that hosts a star from Egypt or the Arab world for a monthly concert at the Cairo Opera House. It also aims to revive the celebration of Eid el-Fan (Arts Holiday) 2020 and to host the meeting of the Culture Ministers of Islamic States 2020.
The implementation of the social justice program was reflected in the cultural and artistic activities and events and the facilitation of the Egyptian artists' movement abroad and vice versa, and in the diversity of the cultural activities in which Egypt participates at home and abroad. This can be seen from the following:
1- The increase in the number of agreements that were put into effect and implemented over the past four years (2016-2020) to 106 international agreements out of a total of 141 international agreements that the ministry has signed since 1957, which marks a boom in cultural exchange.
2- Egyptian creators were delegated to take part in 687 cultural and artistic events outside Egypt over the past four years, while Egypt hosted 200 cultural and artistic events and an array of foreign creators in the same time period.
3- Egyptian women's participation in cultural and artistic events abroad with a view o cultural exchange and enhancing women's cultural expressions has greatly developed as, in the period from 2016 to 2020, women have taken part in 144 foreign cultural activities, including forums, musical events, international competitions, academic scholarships, and book fairs.
The Financial resources allocated to the Cultural Justice Program for 2020 amount to a total of 366977256.2 EGP, which is the equivalent of 22,936,078.5125 USD.
The Financial resources allocated to the Cultural Leadership Program for 2020 amount to a total of 411361341 EGP, which is the equivalent of 257100838.25 USD.
The budget for the Foreign Cultural Relations Sector responsible for implementing most of the aforementioned policies is around 31 million EGP, which is the equivalent of around 2 million USD for the fiscal year 2019-2020.
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The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – The Ministry of Trade and Industry – The Ministry of International Cooperation – The Ministry of Local Development and the relevant governorates – The Ministry of Social Solidarity and a number of affiliated CBOs
Egypt Vision 2030 went into effect in 2018 and all the elements of its general policy, its objectives, and its aspired outcomes are evaluated every three months as of the fiscal year 2018-2019. A full report is set to be issued in 2020.
The first stage began in 2018 and is set to conclude in 2022, while the second stage is set to begin in 2026 and the third in 2030 (with each stage spanning 4 years).
The key recommendations were:
Developing the indicators necessary to assess the impact of the mission on society and the beneficiaries both quantitatively and qualitatively, and not just quantitatively.