Hugues Gervais Ondaye spoke of his work on the promotion of musical heritage in Congo-Brazzaville through music education in schools and in society in general. Competitions have been introduced in the cultural sector in order to create an infrastructure that supports creation and distribution, and therefore allows the music industry to grow. This result in increase in respect for artists' creativity. The implementation of these conditions is facilitated by the growing communication between the Congolese Music Council and the local government in Brazzaville. View full speech here.
In the discussion which followed these presentations participants and speakers concentrated on the question of sustainability in general as well as specifically in relation to the financial dependency to the donors. A striking point was raised that the western world continues to gain more and more influence and power in the African culture as a result of its financial involvement on the continent. Despite this criticism of western cultural imperialism, the notion of poverty reduction through cultural work is generally accepted.