The 2018 global report of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression was launched in the capital.

Around the world, the cultural and creative industry is now being recognised as one of the key contributors to sustainable development.

It is against this background that UNESCO launched the 2018 global report of the 2005 convention.

The convention enables governments to shape, design and implement policies and measures that support creation, production and distribution of cultural expressions.

Speaking during the 2018 global report titled: ‘Reshaping Cultural Policies Advancing Creativity for Development’, UNESCO regional advisor for Southern Africa Mr Damir Dijakovic said the report revealed creative industry plays a significant role in the economy and contributes more than 6.7 percent of the gross domestic product in some countries.

Executive Director Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust Mr Farai Mpfunya called on most African states to look into their culture industry, for example Zimbabwe, where the arts sector is contributing less in the economy.

More than 146 states are signatory to the convention including Zimbabwe and the new UNESCO global report can be used as a tool for monitoring the implementation of the convention.