Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa is currently hosting his counterparts from the BRICS countries for a session where they will look at how to reinforce cultural and people-to-people relations.

The meeting, which is being held at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site in Maropeng, will provide a strategic leadership and guidance on how governments can best strengthen collaborations amongst member states, market access and promote cultural diplomacy for a broader government socio-economic agenda.

Amongst other objectives, the ministerial session will deliberate on the implementation of cultural agreements, strengthening of bilateral relations, reinforcement of cultural and people-to-people relations, expansion of trade as well as the promotion of cultural diplomacy, the department said.

At the end of the session, the ministers are also expected to adopt and sign the declaration of the BRICS Ministerial meeting on Culture � Maropeng Declaration.

The event forms part of the July BRICS Summit which was hosted by South Africa under the theme, BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Source: South African Government News Agency