Please summarize in max 3500 characters the main achievements and challenges in implementing the Convention and the outlook for the future. Please note this is not an introduction to the report or an annotated table of contents.:
Since the ratification of the 2005 Convention of Protection and Promotion of Cultural Expressions in 2007, the Sultanate endeavors to achieve Convention’s goals through adopting a number of legislations and laws which aim to benefit from the Convention at the local, regional and international level, as well as introducing it to civil society in order to involve them in the implementation of the content of the Convention. The Sultanate, represented by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture and other cultural stakeholders have organized many events and activities to activate the Convention at the local, regional and international levels, where the Sultanate is characterized by its cultural and historical richness. It follows partnership policy between government and private institutions including cultural and educational institutions, artists, writers, intellectuals, painters, craftsmen and local community as a key element for the enrichment and achieves optimal utilization of the Convention. The Sultanate also gives the local community a top priority in the process of cultural work. It beliefs that the members of the community are fundamental source to release culture and preserve its identity so, the Sultanate made a number of legislations , laws and enable easy access to it in order to support talented members of the local community and give them opportunities to participate in international cultural forums to gain experiences and sleek skils. The support of arts and culture is represented through the creation and production of works that reflect the cultural diversity in the Sultanate, which allows artists, intellectuals and civil society to participate and enjoy a range of artworks. Several policies, practices and programs have been adopted in the Sultanate in order to provide a comprehensive picture of the mechanism which protects the diversity of cultural expression. There are a wide range of policies and programs that support the diversity of cultural expressions at the national and international levels, which is considered as a key element in the implementation of the convention’s objectives. The Sultanate joins international conventions that promote the exchange of information, experiences, artistic and cultural content, as well as support the integrated areas with sustainable development policies, including human development purpose to support culture through individual and community initiatives. The Sultanate strive to participate in all cultural forums to highlight the culture and its role to serve interested individuals in cultural affairs, exchange experiences with brotherly and friendly countries to exchange the benefit of local expertise and international experience. It works on updating and adding a number of cultural policies to enable deriving benefit from Convention of the protection and promotion of cultural expressions. On the other hand, the most important challenges facing the implementation of the Convention is the digital challenge as well as the lack of attention to process of intellectual property.