National Arts Council of Zimbabwe Director Mr Nicholas Moyo says planning processes for the Cultural and Creative Sector (CCS) must bear in mind the government expectations of the sector to contribute meaningfully to the economic development of the country.

Officially opening the 2022 Strategic Planning Review Workshop being attended by Senior Management, Provincial Arts Managers and Head Office staff in Bulawayo Mr Moyo said the NACZ must consider the long term goals of the Arts sector in Zimbabwe by addressing its current and future challenges.

Mr Moyo said the planning process was being conducted against a background of increased prominence that the government was giving to the Cultural and Creative Industries as evidenced by its economic blueprint, the National Development Strategy 1(NDS1) that outlines the importance of the CCS to national development.

“NDS1 envisages increasing the level of local consumption of cultural, sport and recreation products and services from 15% in 2020 to 40% by 2025. This strategy we are working on for the next four days must thus provide the framework for understanding, preserving, managing, integrating, interpreting and promoting heritage and strengthening family values both in the immediate and long-term future,” he said.

The director said strategic planning is critical for the growth of any institution as it provided a framework of operations to meet set objectives and targets. He said the planning process was also designed to meet the stakeholder’s expectation for NACZ to submit the reviewed strategic documents by 30 December 2021.

“Your presence here demonstrates the seriousness with which NACZ approaches its responsibilities to the different stakeholders and this strategic review workshop is very crucial as it determines how we will operate in our different roles in the fulfilment of our mandate.

The Strategic planning workshop follows the launch of the National Cultural and Creative Industries Strategy (NCCIS) which dovetails with the NDS1 in articulating the policy objectives of the government with relation to the CCIs.

Mr Moyo said the NCCIS buttresses the direction of NDS1 by outlining the roadmap to guide the development and growth of the CCIs by identifying ten pillars that position the sector as pivotal for national economic development and employment creation.

“Our planning processes ladies and gentlemen must be guided by these two important policies that bear testimony to the fact that government considers the sector to be a critical cog in the matrix of attaining the Upper Middle-Income Economy and in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, he said.

The Director said the strategy being developed must create a roadmap for the Digitisation, Industrialisation and Professionalization (DIP) of the CCI sector in Zimbabwe to enable players to take advantage of the government’s policy directives to contribute significantly to national development.