Zimbabwe/ 3. Competence, decision-making and administration  

3.3 Inter-ministerial or intergovernmental co-operation

Besides the Ministry of Education, Sports, Arts and Culture, arts and culture are also scattered across parastatals and government departments in other ministries. However there is little proper coordination of these parastatals and government departments, so they hardly work together. Below are some of the departments and parastatals from other ministries that manage arts and culture. 

Board of Censors-The Board of Censors, which was instituted in 1967 under the Censorship and Entertainment Control Act Chapter 10:04 operate from within the Ministry of Home Affairs. Its main responsibility is to censor the works produced by artists. Before any live performances of theatre or music and dance can be done they have to be cleared by this Board. 

The National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe (NMMZ)-This is Zimbabwe's premier heritage organisation established under an Act of Parliament. 

The National Archives of Zimbabwe (NAZ): It was established through an Act of Parliament in 1935 now known as the National Archives Act 1986. NAZ is the storehouse of the nation's documented history. Its mission is to "acquire, preserve and provide public access to Zimbabwean documentation in whatever format, in an efficient and economic manner. In our endeavour to provide quality service, we are always guided by commitment to our employees, clients and all stakeholders. Our core values have always been integrity, professionalism, transparency and continuous improvement.  

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority: Arts and culture feature a lot as part of Zimbabwe’s tourist attractions. This organisation is the one that is responsible for the promotion of tourism and the implementation of Zimbabwe’s tourism policy which also covers cultural tourism. It is located within the Ministry of Tourism and Environment. 

National Handicrafts Centre: This is a government body that is committed to the development of art and craft producers and the marketing of their wares locally, regionally and internationally. Particular interest is given to the development of rural women who produce 75 percent of the marketed handicrafts. 

Production Services which is responsible for film and videos is located within the ministry of Media, information and publicity together with the national broadcaster the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings. ZBH promotes Zimbabwean music. 

The Ministry of foreign affairs cooperates with the ministry of Education, Sports, Arts and Culture though publicising Zimbabwean arts and culture at embassies. Zimbabwe does not specifically have cultural attachés but often those responsibilities are shouldered by tourism attachés found at most of the embassies of Zimbabwe across the world. 

Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs also work with the Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and culture especially in implementing copyrights laws. Sometimes they co-organise training workshops for practitioners in the arts and culture sector.


Chapter published: 28-09-2011


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