Describe the main features of the policy/measure:
Established in September 2021, the new Department of Creative Industries and Digital Development aims to strengthen the efforts of the Ministry of Culture in developing cultural and creative industries with the view to reinforce their contribution to government policies and mechanisms in the field of culture and development. The Department is also involved in improving the legal framework and policy development in the field of cultural and creative industries. The digital transformation of cultural and creative industries and institutions is an important pillar of the Department's work, which has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department is leading a number of policy dialogue and collaboration initiatives with public and private stakeholders, civil society organizations and youth organizations in the country focused on new opportunities and challenges for inclusive cultural and creative industries in the digital environment. The Department also manages the web portal "Kreativ Azərbaycan" (www.creative.az), which promotes awareness-raising activities in the field of creative and cultural industries, local production, promotion and export of creative products and services, supporting the ecosystem necessary for the development of creative and cultural industries in Azerbaijan, as well as to provide a favorable platform for supporting and coordinating sectoral development processes
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?:
The Department of Creative Industries and Digital Development has initiated and implemented projects and activities in the field of transformation of cultural and creative industries in the digital environment. For instance, a start-up competition on "Digital Culture and Creativity" was launched to support the growing demand for online activities and modern, flexible, high-quality technological solutions, as well as the transition to digital culture at the local level. The competition was met with great interest, especially by young people, which resulted in a number of applications received. The winners of the competitions were: I place - Rashid Agamaliyev (the first Azerbaijani online animated series for children "Aydin and Aydan 2020"), II place - Farrukh Rahimov ("kreativmart.com" - an online platform for the sale and dissemination of cultural products, III place - Tardino (online digital art archive). As a part of its policy development initiatives, the Department worked on a "Roadmap for the Development of Culture and Creative Industries in the Republic of Azerbaijan." The roadmap aims to make creative and cultural industries in Azerbaijan play a leading role in the field of SME in the region and further strengthen the existing capacities of stakeholders and civil society organizations. The Department has also worked on a number of other policy documents, such as the classification of cultural and creative industries in Azerbaijan, CCIs in the perspective of national priorities for socio-economic development, mechanisms to address the impact of the pandemic on CCIs and harness the potential of the accelerated digital transformation.
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Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: