“A culture law is important, it is an unpaid debt,” Ecuadorian minister of Culture says

Quito, March 18 (Andes).- Ana Rodriguez, minister of Culture (in charge), said it is “important” to implement a Culture Law currently debated at the National Assembly which has been an unpaid debt in the country.

“The Culture law is the only of those essential laws Montecristi offered and has not been voted at the Assembly” yet, Rodriguez said during an interview in the program Ecuador No Para, in coproduction with Andes Agency.

Rodriguez considers this as a “debt” to citizens because even though the first draft bill was presented in Montecristi, due to “reasons outside” the Legislative, the law has been left behind, however, we will have such law this year.

Gabriela Rivadeneira, president of the Assembly, demanded to vote for this law in a second debate until May, the official said and added that all conditions are suitable for the law to come into force.

Rodriguez affirmed they have closely worked with the Assembly’s Commission for Education, Culture, Science and Technology to establish the law’s guidelines and to “have a validation process” for this to be approved.

On this matter, the minister of State explained that the law suggests an articulation between sectors and cultural institutions to maintain an adequate culture system which is aimed at a short and long term.

Therefore, Rodriguez affirmed, it is essential to have the support of Autonomous Decentralized Governments (GAD’s) of each city in order to join “public policies” like the free access to cultural spaces for students.

The official explained that they are defending a law that responds to a demand from the sector and from citizens, but it is necessary to follow some technical processes.

Work at the Cultural Center

One of the most difficult aspects in the cultural system is the strengthening of the Cultural Center, in its head office and centers, as well as implementing a “responsible autonomy” which was a policy promoted since Long started leading the Ministry.

The responsible autonomy, according to Rodriguez, is a democratization and quality evaluation process which will be used for its strengthening.

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