The government of Kenya is putting in place a solid institutional framework that will protect and promote the country’s rich and diverse traditions, President William Ruto announced on Thursday.
Ruto said cultural assets will be instrumental in enhancing cohesion and stimulating economic growth. He noted that focus on culture will propel cultural industries, creative economy and tourism and expand opportunities for the youth.
“Our plan identifies the creative economy as well as culture and heritage to be highly promising drivers of transformation and employment creation,” he said.
To achieve this, President Ruto said that his administration is implementing robust legislative bills including the Culture Bill that was approved by the Cabinet last week.
“Others like the Creative Economy Framework, National Kiswahili Council of Kenya Bill, the Kenya Film Bill, the National Heritage and Museums Bill, are currently being developed,” he said.
The Kenyan leader made the announcement during the Turkana Cultural and Tourism Festival (Tobong’u Lore) in Lodwar town, which brought together members of the community from South Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia.
Ruto observed that the festival has promoted peace and security, and also deepened regional integration and cooperation.