Speaking at the meeting Central Office for Information Lilongwe, Nankhumwa said government had grand plans since 1983, thirty one years ago to boost and transform tourism and cultural industry into a major place of tourist attraction in the country. Citing Lake Malawi, Mulanje mountain, Museum like Mausoleum of late Kamuzu Banda and Yao, Ngoni heritage and many others. “You are all aware that although there are a number of Acts of Parliament that govern the implementation of cultural programs in the country, there was no policy to guide that implementation, and no coordinating body in the form of the Council. Council will help to coordinate all Art associations to National Art and Heritage Council (NAHEC) to achieve their intended goals”, said Nankhumwa.
The Secretory for Tourism and Culture, Ms . Else Tembo added that for the policy to be implemented it needed that for the policy to be implemented it need finances from the government, therefore, the ministry is looking forward for government to provide money to develop and feed a new baby( the policy). “Government has already shown its greatest support for the development of cultural sector by approving that NAHEC Council should be established.
The Council will monitor and coordinate the cultural groupings inclusive with their original artistic work for the survival of the Malawian culture.”The ministry cannot work on its on, therefore, a remind to all the stakeholders is that the approval means we have a lot of work to do. It is not time to sit back and let the policy gather dust. It is imperative to start implementation right away”, said Tembo.
Rev. Chimwemwe Mughago also argued all artist to utilize the golden opportunity in exploring the hidden talents since the policy is the life changer in the industry of arts. Mughango also ask the government to move fast to lay down the guidelines of the policy so that artist and musician can be protected on the ground by the rules and regulations.