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Egypt has Taken Executive Steps to Implement the Cultural Panorama Project (Culturama) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Support Relations with the Countries of the Nile Basin


A delegation from the Egyptian Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CULTNAT), which is affiliated to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and supported by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, paid a visit to Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The delegation, headed by Dr. Fathi Saleh, Director of CULTNAT, was in Kinshasa from October 29 to November 4, 2011 to sign an agreement with Congolese officials on the executive steps necessary to implement the Cultural Panorama project (Culturama) as a gift from the Egyptian people to the Congolese people. The project will be implemented before the Francophone Summit in Kinshasa is held in October 2012.
This project is part of the growing interest in the Egyptian government, represented by the Ministry of International Cooperation and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, in supporting development of cooperation with the Nile Basin countries.
Dr. Saleh, spoke about the program of the Delegation’s visit, which included meetings and working sessions with Congolese officials and experts such as the Minister of International and Regional Cooperation, the Minister of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism, the Advisor to the Minister of Environment Affairs, the Director of the National Institute for the Conservation of Nature, the Director of the Institute of National Museums, and the Commissioner of the Francophone Summit. These officials are all involved in this project and the delegation discussed where and what are the steps necessary to implement the project, which aims to document Congolese heritage and to define it to the world.
The delegation visited the headquarters of the Institute of National Museums and “l'échangeur de Limete Tower” to discuss an appropriate place to implement the project permanently. The delegation also enjoyed a field visit to the nature reserve of Bombo Lumene, 120km outside Kinshasa.
Dr. Saleh spoke of the implementation of the Culturama project in the DR Congo and added that it will have a positive impact on Egyptian foreign policy in terms of giving credence to earlier announcements by Egypt on its orientation within the African continent. The project will present Egypt always in its cultural character at the heart of Africa, and the enormous political influence of Africa in Egypt after the revolution of January 25, 2011. It is believed that senior officials involved in the upcoming Francophone Summit will pay a visit to the Heritage Panorama, which will include not only the heritage of the Congolese people, but also Egyptian heritage.