The Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation says cultural and creative practitioners can play a critical role in helping Zimbabwe achieve a middle income economy status by the year 2030.

Speaking on the sidelines of a two-day capacity building workshop attended by more than 100 cultural and creative practitioners at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare, Deputy Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Honourable Yeukai Simbanegavi underscored the need for government to support the arts in the country, adding that her ministry will have an inclusive approach to the arts in order to develop and commercialise the sector.

ZimTrade, Acting Export Manager- Development Tatenda Marume also underscored the need to fully equip the arts sector with requisite financial and technical support, saying the sector can earn the country the much needed foreign currency.

The workshop which was hosted by the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation in conjunction with ZimTrade explored a number of issues pertaining to the growth of the cultural and creative industries.

Participants also discussed digital and social marketing strategies, as well as exporting their products.

Meanwhile, the participants who included musicians, writers, poets, film makers, actors and sculptors were handed certificates by Deputy Minister Simbanegavi and Executive Director of National Gallery of Zimbabwe Mrs Doreen Sibanda.