BUJUMBURA August 5th (ABP) – During the presentation of the report on the achievements of the Ministry of the East African Community (EAC), Sports and Culture, on Tuesday August 2, 2022, Minister Ezéchiel Nibigira said he was satisfied actions carried out with the aim of promoting sports and culture, during the year 2021-2022.
From July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, in the field of sports, the ministry partook in the coordination and facilitation of 29 trips abroad for international competitions, eight international competitions inside the countries, the organization and holding of the men’s inter-communal football championship in 119 communes, an inter-ministerial basketball, volleyball and football championship in which 15 ministries took part. It also organized the participation, in Ngozi, of 360 people in the traditional games championship, 2021 edition, in the Center-East and North regions, and coordinated the activities relating to the triumphant welcome of the star champion ambassador Francine Niyonsaba.
In the field of culture, the ministry organized the National Festival of Culture in Bujumbura, from October 1 to 2, 2021 which was attended by 540 festival-goers from the 18 provinces of the country under the theme, “Let’s build a brilliant Burundi based on our culture.”
That ministry has also celebrated the week dedicated to the Burundian drum “Umurisho w’ingoma” where 18 best groups of drummers representing all the provinces of the country participated under the theme, “Drummers, let’s get up and let us work together for the promotion of culture, a source of peace and sustainable development.”
The ministry also organized and held the estates general on the national culture where 200 people took part in it. It opened 3 new Reading and Cultural Animation Centers (CLAC) in the communes of Musigati, Mbuye and Rango, and distributed related material.
Awareness campaigns on the socio-economic contribution of the copyright sector to stakeholders in Bujumbura and Gitega were also organized.