3.3 Inter-ministerial or intergovernmental co-operation
In addition to restricted inter-ministerial meetings dedicated to the culture sector at the level of Prime Minister or the Presidency (since 2011, they took place at the presidency of Government), inter-ministerial co-operation is carried out through agreements and joint committees that are set with a common domain of interest (Example: cultural tourism development between the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Tourism).
At the political level and till 2010, the Supreme Council of Culture was the most important and visible structure for cooperation between ministries and the culture sector. After its suspension in 2011, most of the coordinated and interrelated decisions were taken at the Presidency of Government, or at Cabinet level, and occasionally through the National Constituent Assembly.
The regional delegations for culture play a key role in coordinating with representatives of other sectors in the region to formulate mutual sector projects and programs. Moreover, there is a continuous coordination with Regional councils (Governorate level) and municipal councilsat regional level.
Cultural policy is applied at the regional level through a network of 24 regional delegations for culture (established in 1992 , changed in 1994 and restructured in 2013) (Decree 1440 of 22th April 2013 on the administrative and financial organization, and management for regional delegations of culture) representing 24 Governorates. Regional cultural committees and the newly created Advisory Board of culture (in 2013) participate with the regional delegation for culture in the preparation of annual work plans thatare later submitted to the central administration (Ministry of Culture) for evaluation and funding , after their approval. The regional delegations for culture represent the culture sector at the regional level and are mandated to administer and supervise their respective network of Houses of culture, public libraries and any other regional culture sector organization (i.e. regional music conservatories ; dramatic arts centers etc…) including their responsibility to promote local cultural activities and events.
The newly created Advisory Board of culture in2013wasadministratively annexed to the regional delegation of culture and is expected to replace regional cultural committees and the national cultural committee that were a semi-public and semi-associated entities. The new structure of regional delegation for culture is expected to permit a wide range of interaction with the local culture sector stakeholders and to advance their involvement.
The Advisory Committee for culture has the following tasks (extracted from the legal text):” ………….
The composition of the Advisory Committee of culture is as follows:
The President of the Advisory Committee on culture can invite any proficient person in cultural and artistic fields to attend the meeting of the Committee as to present his/her opinion on one of the issues discussed by the Committee.
The members of the Advisory Committee on culture are appointed upon a decision from the Minister of culture for a period of three (3) years, renewable once, on the proposal of relevant structures and institutions. The representatives of associations are appointed through designation by each association of the four represented in the Committee. The choice for associations is based on the criteria of the diversity of cultural and artistic fields covered by proposed associations and their respective contribution to the development of the culture sector in their governorate.