Ibero-American Cultural Space (ECI)

Ministry of Culture
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The Governments gathered at the First Ibero-American Summit in 1991 agreed to create a space for permanent cooperation based on the shared past and common culture of the region, considering the common cultural heritage as the main constituent element of this Ibero-American Community.
Actions to strengthen these links are grouped together in the Ibero-American Conference in the so-called Ibero-American Cultural Space (ECI), composed mainly of Cultural Cooperation Programs and Initiatives that favor production, co-production, circulation and direct encouragement to cultural creators; including also the Iberoamerican Conference of Ministers and High Authorities of Culture; the Iberoamerican Congresses of Culture, as well as the regional organizations working in the topic and related actors; mobility, management and cultural promotion programs; a space for understanding each other in diversity and sharing experiences and good practices; the design and implementation of regional public policies; the actions derived from the strategic axes cultural SMEs, Cultural Diplomacy and Culture and Social Cohesion.
Based on joint work to position and consider culture as a transversal axis of development, Cooperation Programs and Initiatives are strengthened and progress is made in the formulation of public policies in coordination with national governments and local administrations for the developed and implementation of actions for a greater provision of quality cultural services in the region as well as facilitating the circulation of cultural expressions and promoting the enhancement of the cultural heritage of the region.
The Veracruz Summit, Mexico (2014) established the 3 strategic objectives of the ECI.
1. Recognize the value of the 2006 Ibero-American Cultural Charter and the relevance of the 2013 ECI Consolidation Report. The Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) will lead and coordinate the consolidation of the ECI with the technical and financial contributions of the countries' cultural institutions.
2. Strengthen dialogue on cultural policies in the region as an element that contributes to regional integration.
3. Contribute to the development of the economics of culture in the region with high added value.
The entire framework was conceived to favor cultural productions and co-productions, circulation of cultural assets and direct incentives to cultural creators.
At present there are 12 programs and 1 initiative under the ECI coordinated by the Ibero-American Secretariat General (SEGIB).
The Ministry of Culture, through its coordinated entities, is directly involved in 11 of the Ibero-American programs and initiatives, participating actively as focal points, technical units and/or presidencies of the programs:

IBERMEDIA - Development Program in support of the construction of the Ibero-American Audiovisual Space
-Objective: to stimulate the co-production of fiction and documentary films made in our Ibero-American community. Its mission is to work towards the creation of an Ibero-American audiovisual space through financial aid and through calls for proposals that are open to all independent film producers in the participating countries. It is the oldest Ibero-American cooperation programme created in 1995.
21 participating countries.
Mexican focal point for the program: Mexican Institute of Cinematography (IMCINE).

IBERESCENA - Ibero-American Performing Arts Aid Fund
-Objective: to foster the development of the theatre and contemporary dance in the Ibero-American region in terms of circulation, co-production, support for festival and theatre networks, information, training, promotion and encouragement of Ibero-American stage authorship, stimulating the formation of new audiences in the region and expanding the job market for professionals in the performing arts. Created in 2006.
14 participating countries.
Mexican focal point for the program: Theater Department of the National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature (INBAL).

-Objective: to promote and articulate public policies for the integration, consolidation, modernization and development of Latin American museums. The Program understands the museums as dynamic, alive institutions and of intercultural encounter, as spaces that work with the power of the memory, as relevant instances for the development of the educational and formative functions, as suitable tools to stimulate the respect to the cultural and natural diversity and to value the bonds of social cohesion of the communities and their relation with the environment. Created in 2007.
12 participating countries.
Mexican focal point for the program: National Coordination of Museums and Exhibitions of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

IBERORQUESTAS JUVENILES - Program of Support for the Constitution of the Ibero-American Musical Space
-Objective: to promote musical education, orchestral practice and Ibero-American cultural diversity among children and young people, and to encourage the creation and strengthening of musical group systems at different levels (national, regional, local). Created in 2008.
In May 2020 the project "Virtual Youth Orchestra" was launched, which will broadcast concerts in the following months.
12 participating countries.
Mexican focal point for the program: Coordination of the National System for the Promotion of Music of the Ministry of Culture.

IBER-RUTAS - Strengthening of rights and interculturality routes in Latin American migration
-Objective: to constitute a common space for the protection of migrants' rights from an intercultural perspective.
It also supports each country in the design, implementation and promotion of sustainable policies and structures related to the treatment of migrant groups, and in the shaping of institutional networks and partnerships between government and civil society organizations for the achievement of the objectives. Created in 2010.
10 participating countries.
Mexico currently holds the presidency of the program through the Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT).

IBERMUSICAS - Program for Promotion of Ibero-American Music
-Objective: to promote the presence and knowledge of Ibero-American cultural diversity in the field of musical arts, stimulating the formation of new audiences in the region and expanding the job market for professionals in the field. Created in 2011.
13 participating countries.
Mexican focal point for the program: Music and Opera Department of the National Institute of Fine Arts and Literature (INBAL).

IBERBIBLIOTECAS - Ibero-American Public Libraries Program
-Objective: to reaffirm the social function of libraries by promoting free and open access to reading for all citizens without any discrimination, through the creation of an Ibero-American network for cooperation in the area of public libraries that will make it possible to generate synergies and enhance resources on a platform of common benefit to all participating countries. Created in 2000 and reformulated in 2011.
11 participating countries.
Mexican focal point for the program: General Directorate of Libraries (DGB) of the Ministry of Culture.

IBERARTESANIAS - Ibero-American Program for the Promotion of Crafts
-Objective: to contribute to the elaboration of public policies for the promotion of Ibero-American crafts and the improvement of competitiveness of crafts companies. The target groups are Ibero-American craftsmen and women, craft companies and workshops, and public and government institutions with competence in the field of crafts. Created in 2012.
9 participating countries.
Mexican focal point for the program: National Fund for the Promotion of Crafts (FONART).

IBERMEMORIA - Sound and Audiovisual Ibero-American Memory
-Objective: to implement an integral preservation model for sound and audiovisual documents, as well as to promote education aimed at knowledge of strategies tactics and techniques for the preservation of sound and audiovisual heritage, for the benefit of all countries in the Ibero-American region. Created in 2013.
9 participating countries.
Mexico currently holds the Presidency and the Technical Unit of the program through the Fonoteca Nacional (national audio archives).

IBERCULTURA VIVA Y COMUNITARIA - Program for the Promotion of Community-Based Cultural Policy
-Objective: to recognize the value of the processes of construction of citizenship and cultural diversity expressed in organized social participation, for the improvement of living conditions and coexistence of communities, promoting their development from intersectoral work, in order to contribute to the consolidation of the Ibero-American cultural space and regional integration. Created in 2013.
13 participating countries.
Mexican focal point for the program: General Directorate of Cultural Vinculation (DGVC) of the Ministry of Culture.

Ibercocinas Initiative: Tradition and Innovation
-Objective: to design and promote cultural policies, programs, strategies and initiatives for the dissemination and popularization of gastronomic strengths in order to promote spaces for the formation and training of those related to cooking, gastronomy and the production of traditional-artisanal foods in the Ibero-American space.
7 participating countries.
Mexico currently holds the Technical Unit of the program, through the General Directorate of Popular, Indigenous and Urban Cultures (DGCPIU) of the Ministry of Culture.

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Public Sector
Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB)
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

Mexico's Annual contribution:
IBERMEDIA: $250,000 US
IBER-RUTAS: $40,000 US

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