GIS - 28 July 2017: Mauritius has to be proactive in order to face various natural and man-made disasters impeding the protection of cultural heritage at both national and international levels, highlighted the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Prithvirajsing Roopun, yesterday in Port-Louis.
The Minister was speaking during a press conference and gave an overview of the challenges and the solutions related to the protection of cultural heritage. A paradigm shift is needed in order to preserve cultural heritage and at the same time, cater for the economic development of the country, he emphasised.
According to Mr Roopun, it is important to safeguard cultural sites in best conditions due to the growth of cultural tourism in Mauritius. The protection of cultural sites has to be more inclusive so that each and every one contributes in this process by safeguarding the cultural heritage of the country, he stated. To that end, the Minister called upon the private sector’s collaboration in helping to preserve our cultural sites.
He dwelt on some of the challenges pertaining to the restoration of cultural heritage namely, lack of expertise and technical know-how, costs of maintenance and innovation, and pillage among others. Thus, legal and institutional framework and regular monitoring of cultural and historical sites is necessary, he pointed out.
The Arts and Culture Minister recalled that Budget 2017-2018 makes provision for the preservation and rehabilitation of historical, cultural heritage sites and structures. Among the identified sites are: La Citadelle, Fort Albert, Bain des Negresses and Fort George.