Artists in the country may breath a sigh of relief as government responds on the delay of the finalisation process of the draft Cultural Policy.
The policy, which was drafted a few years back, has not yet been approved nor discussed by the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC)
Music and arts groups in the country have bemoaned the delay of the policy saying that failure to finalise it shows the lack of interest in the arts by government.
However, spokesperson in the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture, Chrissy Chiumia told a local daily that though there is a delay, the ministry is making considerable progress.
Chiumia said part of the delay was because the ministry had decided to revise the draft policy to reflect emerging issues from the two conventions Malawi had recently ratified; the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage and Convention for the Promotion of Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
The policy was also being revised and improved to reflect current changes in the local arts industry.
She further assured artists that significant progress was being made and called upon artists to be patient as she could not specify a date for completion of the process.