Josh Nyapimbi the director of arts management group Nhimbe Trust has travelled to Zambia where he is set to speak on efforts by the creative sector in Zimbabwe to formulate a civil society plan of action for the arts and culture industry.
Nyapimbi told NewsDay that besides speaking on the aspect of the plan of action, he would also address delegates on how the arts and culture sector could contribute towards economic development in the Southern African region.
The two-day event is meant to launch the Zambian chapter of the Arterial Network, a civil society organisation that focuses on the arts sector.
Nyapimbi said other speakers would be drawn from the Zambian Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources as well as the International Labour Organisation.
“The seminar will also focus on the role of the print and electronic media in the promotion and development of arts and culture in Zambia,” he said.
He said he would also share perspectives on strategies to assist in the “lobbying objectives for the creative sector in Zambia in the context of an impending election before the end of this year”.
He said: “This lobbying will take the form of a manifesto which will seek to urge politicians to press their political parties to make public pronouncements on what they will do to advance the creative sector of Zambia should they form the next government.”
“The manifesto would stress that these pronouncements will play a role when members of the creative sector in Zambia decide on whom to vote in the coming general election.”
Nyapimbi said the seminar would conclude with the establishment of an arterial network chapter for Zambia.