The culture minister, Gilberto Gil, and the president of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), Eduardo Pereira Nunes, signed on Friday (Dec. 17) at 17h, at the headquarters of that institute in Rio de Janeiro , a Technical Cooperation Agreement between the two institutions. The partnership initiative is unprecedented and aims to create a system to produce information and indicators on the cultural area and keep it constantly updating. The agreement is expected to create a joint technical committee, with representatives from the Ministry of Culture and the IBGE, in order to address the systematic sources of culture in the country with a view to enable the construction of a national system of information and indicators cultural. With estimated duration of five years, the agreement provides for the signature of specific agreements for each project of interest to both parties. During the ceremony, Culture Minister will be accompanied by the Executive Secretary and the Secretary Juca Ferreira Paulo Miguez, head of the Secretariat of Cultural Policy, which will coordinate action. They should also participate in the event other leaders of the Ministry of Culture, including the secretaries Sérgio Xavier (Promotion and Encouragement of Culture), Marcio Meira (of Institutional) and Sergio Mamberti (Diversity and Cultural Identity). Comprehensive Partnership This is the time of the partnerships. He never spoke much about it. Why you need them, the government celebrates the proper routing in the National Congress of the bill that creates public-private partnerships, PPPs. The idea is to allow major infrastructure works can be carried out in the country by private companies with government counterpart. In this sense, the approach between the Ministry of Culture and IBGE (public partnership model) began earlier this year with discussions about the lack of historical data and information in respect of Culture in Brazil, the economic and social aspects. The consolidation of a national system of cultural indicators and data is essential in order to have an overview of the culture sector in national life with more efficiency and effectiveness in construction and achievement of public cultural policies. Culture is good business Investing in Culture is a good deal. Market research shows that companies that regularly invest in cultural projects have their names and marks immediately associated by the public during spontaneous research approaches. In Brazil, there is a lack of a recent study on the impacts of the Economy of Culture. The lack of systematization of existing data on the sector significantly contributes to the invisibility that covers information relating to Culture. Thus, it is necessary and urgent, both for public and private managers, and to the cultural environment in general - producers, artists, suppliers of goods and services, and the public in general - that the Ministry of Culture assume responsibility for promoting specific studies on the sector, partnering with agencies, institutes and foundations, especially the public sector, to create a system of regular production of data on the cultural area. This is the main objective of the Agreement with the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), Brazil’s main source research, analysis and production of statistical data. Therefore, the Technical Cooperation between the Ministry of Culture and IBGE meets the requirements to deploy a system of information and generation of qualified official indices, systematic and regular. The Ministry of Culture intends to measure and describe the importance of the cultural to the economy and social inclusion process in the country. The agreement, which does not involve resources in its initial phase, will be subject to a broad term cooperation which will facilitate the work to be performed jointly by both institutions in the production of a work plan, the systematization of existing information sources, as well as planning, processing, analysis and information organization. Finally, include the topic of culture as a fundamental social and economic life of the country along with the research activities that the official statistics institute. According to IPEA On Thursday (Dec. 16), the Ministry of Culture and the Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA) signed a Technical Cooperation Agreement in order to systematize existing research and produce proposals for the preparation of studies to meet the needs of cultural area. The agreement, expected duration to a period of 60 months subject to renewal was signed by Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil, and President of the IPEA, Glauco Antonio Arbix Truzzi. The ceremony was performed in the morning in the office of Minister of Culture, Ministry of Culture’s headquarters in Brasilia. Also present were Executive Secretary Juca Ferreira secretaries and other officials of the Ministry of Culture, and the presidents of the institutions linked to the ministry. Little recognized, Culture is responsible for a considerable portion of global economic movements, both in the formation of a worldview as the generation of direct and indirect jobs. Therefore, the Ministry of Culture, through the Department of Cultural Policy, seeks to consolidate a process of institutionalization of the field of cultural research in the area, considering the need for implementation of agreements between various institutes for research plans, working groups and a variety of sources data are not only encouraged, but mainly realized. Thus, an important step in this direction is the technical cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Culture IPEA - one of the most prestigious Brazilian research institutions in the socio-economic status. The field of research for economic and social cultural area is lacking studies. The absence of this information is one of the major obstacles to an action described by the government and other institutions in the formulation of cultural policies. The proposed agreement has to meet the need of implementing a system of information and generation of qualified official rates. Therefore, these studies show the configuration of the cultural sector in relation to formal and informal activities, however, do not guarantee a continuation of cooperation between the Ministry of Culture and IPEA. The agreement consolidates these institutional relationships for research and studies in the field of culture are constant, permanent and can guide future policy developed by the Ministry of Culture.