The creation of the Ministry of Culture
The Ministry of Culture was created, 2007. Before this decision, The Ministry of Education and Culture was the governing body of culture through a specialized area within the institution. The main objective of this measure was to recognize the importance of culture through the creation of a governing institution in culture that has the capacity to guarantee the cultural rights of the citizens, including the diversity of cultural expressions.
The Ministry of Culture was created on January 15, 2007, through Presidential Decree N° 5. The National System of Culture was reorganized, and the Ministry of Culture was named the governing body in culture, through Presidential Decree N° 985 on December 29, 2001.
Since the creation of the Ministry of Culture, there has been an infinite number of of legislative, administrative, financial, and practical measures in order to create an institution that can respond to the cultural needs, rights and demands of the population.
Challenges identified in the implementation of this measure:
There have been many challenges in the implementation of this measure, including flaws in the initial design of the Ministry of Culture. In order to correct these flaws, the institution is going through a restructuring process that began in February 2012.
Additionally, there has been an absence of a legal framework for the Ministry because the National Law of Culture is still being discussed in the National Assembly, and existent policies are outdated and not sustainable. This has forced the institution to undertake the long process of policy elaboration.