Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah on Tuesday chaired a meeting by the consultative committee on the celebrations of Kuwait Capital of Islamic Culture 2016.
The meeting reviewed the preparations for the closing ceremony of the celebrations, due on December 22, and the plan to launch Kuwait fund for cultural development.
Sheikh Salman discussed with the chairperson of the committee Sheikha Altaf Al-Salem Al-Sabah, and the committee members the agenda of cultural events, including the recital to mark the birthday of the Prophet (PBUH), slated for December 11.
On her part, Sheikha Altaf updated the meeting on the preparations for the religious recital and the closing ceremony of the celebrations marking Kuwait Capital of Islamic Culture.
She also briefed the meeting on the plan to launch Kuwait fund for cultural development, conceived by Dr. Mashael Al-Hajeri, professor of law at Kuwait University, who attended the meeting.
Dr. Al-Hajeri said the idea to launch such a fund originated from the instructions of Sheikh Salman to lay out a vision for investing in culture and partnering the private sector in cultural development.
The Third Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers, held by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) in Doha, on December 29-31, 2001, adopted a resolution on an annual program of the capitals of Islamic culture and invited the OIC Member States to nominate cities of which ISESCO shall select three capitals of Islamic culture, representing the Arab, Asian and African regions.
The ISESCO program of Islamic culture capitals for 2016 designated the cities of Kuwait for the Arab Region, Male (Republic of Maldives) for the Asian Region, and Freetown (Republic of Sierra Leone) for the African Region.