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NIgeria and Egypt have agreed to sign MoU to develop art and craft.

9Janewshub.com.ng reports that Nigeria and the Republic of Egypt have agreed to deepen their bilateral cooperation through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on ways of developing their Arts and Crafts sector.

This is one of the decisions reached when Otunba Segun Runsewe, the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), received in audience a delegation from the Republic of Egypt led by His Excellency, Ambassador Ihab Ahmed in his office.

A statement by NCAC stated that the ambassador remarked that he had been following the activities of Runsewe who he said had positively projected the image of Nigeria home and abroad within the culture and tourism space.

According to him, Runsewe was assiduously working to transform Nigeria’s rich and diverse cultural heritage into a viable economy.

The envoy who stated that there was a lot of similarities between both countries in the area of arts and culture, added that the Republic of Egypt was exploring ways of strongly collaborating with Nigeria through the NCAC to create a platform to showcase both country’s rich cultural heritage.

He further emphasized that the Egyptian embassy was working on an action plan, which would enable Runsewe and his management team visit the Republic of Egypt to see the enormous opportunities in the arts and culture sector that would culminate in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for its development.

The head of the Egyptian delegation solicited the assistance of NCAC to create a window where arts and crafts products in the Egyptian could be exhibited in Nigeria as plans have reached an advanced stage for both countries to synergise in that regard.

The ambassador assured of the full participation of his embassy at this year’s International Arts and Crafts (INAC) Expo, slated for August this year.

In his speech, Runsewe who lauded the delegation for the visit expressed joy that the diplomatic relationship between both countries had witnessed robust growth over the years.

According to Runsewe, Nigeria and Egypt shared a deep cultural history, which has advanced the socio economic development of both countries given their commitment to the Economic Community of West African Sates (ECOWAS) treaties and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), leaving both countries with similar and stronger values.

Runsewe who is also the President of the World Crafts Council, African Region reiterated the need for Nigeria and the Republic of Egypt to work towards harnessing their rich tourism potential.

He then explained his plans to launch the NIGERIA- EGYPT FRIENDSHIP CLUB during his visit to the ancient city of Egypt to foster growth and deepen diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Runsewe further used the occasion to invite the Ambassador to the annual Pre-INAC Dinner for the diplomatic community coming up in May this year and expressed his readiness to provide a World-class Media platform during the 2022 International Arts and Crafts (INAC) Expo where all participating countries would have equal opportunity to showcase, network\and market their rich cultural strengths to the world.

The highlight of the event was the exchange of cultural souvenirs between the NCAC Director-General and the Egyptian delegation.

 

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