As part of efforts to deepen the bilateral and economic relations between Nigeria and the Kingdom of Netherlands, the need to establish an African study centre for arts and culture has been stressed.
The Director General National Council for Arts and Culture Otunba Segun Runsewe made the call in Abuja at the Nigeria- Netherlands economic consultative forum held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Otunba Runsewe said Nigeria and the kingdom of Netherlands have over the years enjoyed a strong bilateral relationship which paved way for the signing of economic treaty between both countries.
Runsewe lamented that inspite of the huge investment potentials in the art, Culture and tourism sector, the kingdom of Netherlands has not sufficiently tapped into investment opportunities abound in the sector for the mutual benefits of both countries.
He therefore called on the kingdom of Netherlands to work out strong modalities for the establishment of an African study centre in one of the Dutch universities which will serve as a citadel of the study of African arts, crafts , popularization of ethnographic culture, knowledge sharing and scholarship inquiring into our gastronomy and protection of cultural heritage.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of
Foreign Affairs Amb. Adamu Lamuwa welcomed the delegation from the kingdom of Netherlands who were in the country to foster ways of deepening the bilateral treaty for both countries.
He said both countries were committed to promote economic growth in the following focus areas amongst others; Agriculture, Information Technology (IT), Healthcare and Renewable Energy.
Participants at the three day event were drawn from the the private sectors government agencies and the diplomatic communities.