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Jun 15, 2017

Culture Minister Says Investments Can Be Made in People and Buildings

Patrick Faber

On Wednesday, former President of NICH, Yasser Musa came out against the proposed Heritage Preservation Legislation Bill, saying it does not invest in artists. Musa said the millions of dollars that will be provided through an agreement with Taiwan will be spent on “colonial projects…old ideas—putting money into cement rather than building up the people.”  DPM Patrick Faber, who is also the Minister of Culture, recently tabled the Bill at the last sitting of the House of Representatives. Faber says the project is separate and apart from musicians and artists, but they too can benefit.


Patrick Faber, Minister of Culture

“I did not hear Mister Musa’s comments and while it is true that the legislation was a precondition for the loan to go through, we absolutely believe in the merits of the legislation. Whether or not the loan is approved; in fact it is already approved, but whether or not that was a precondition, I think it was time that we put in place that kind of legislation. I can only base on what you have said Mister Musa said, but in terms of his insistence that we focus on people and preserving the culture as it has to do with living beings, then I agree with that, but there is no reason why we can’t do both and why we can’t operate a simultaneous operation to do both. I think the living preservation of culture is very dependent on some of these historic infrastructure and historical documentation being there. So I don’t think that if we want the best result that we can ignore one and do the other and we certainly should not place value on one over the other.”

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1 Response for “Culture Minister Says Investments Can Be Made in People and Buildings”

  1. Chencho Lizaraga says:

    All this monies Mr. so called DMP will be used in Belize City.

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