Lebanon/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.2 Public actors and cultural diplomacy

Cultural diplomacy duties are assigned to more than one government agency in Lebanon.

For example, the Cultural Affairs Department affiliated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates' Information and Culture Office, pursuant to the relevant legal legislation, performs the following duties:

  • Look after, promote and follow up all cultural activities overseas.
  • Strengthening ties with pioneers of cultural movements and creative figures.
  • Introduce home and overseas Lebanese cultural products to the world, in coordination with the departments in charge at the Ministry of Culture and Higher Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Assist in creating schools for children of Lebanese expatriates overseas to teach Arabic and civics and coordinate with the Ministry of National Education and the Ministry of Youth and Sport.
  • Hold scientific conferences and seminars in Lebanon and invite Lebanese scientists living overseas to introduce their accomplishments to the Lebanese public in coordination and cooperation with the Ministry of Culture.

The General Directorate for Higher Education is in charge of supervising the awarding of scholarships allocated to Lebanese students oversees.

The Ministry of Culture on the other hand is in charge of promoting the creative products and expertise in the fields of culture, cultural industry and knowledge economy home and abroad and maximally exploiting them for public interest. It also communicates and concludes agreements with other governments, regional or international organizations or institutions.

As for the General Directorate for Cultural Affairs, it nominates candidates for overseas scholarships.

Chapter published: 07-04-2016