Registration for GMAT™ Focus Edition to Open in August 2023

Free prep materials available two months prior to propel candidates to success on their business school journey

RESTON, Va., May 02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Graduate Management Admission Council™ (GMAC), a global association representing leading business schools, today announced that registration for the GMAT™ Focus Edition, an updated version of the Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™) exam, will open on August 29, 2023 for testing in the fourth quarter this year. In addition, official GMAT Focus prep materials will be available on mba.com on June 6, 2023, with a free study planner of only six weeks to help test takers stick to a schedule, inform prep activities, and track progress, as well as a free GMAT Focus Official Starter Kit that comes with a sampler of 70 real GMAT questions and two full-length practice exams to help candidates establish performance baseline.

Earlier this year, GMAC introduced GMAT Focus Edition after extensive research efforts involving hundreds of school professionals and an in-depth concept testing with thousands of students globally. The GMAT, the most widely used business school admissions exam in the past seven decades, was redesigned with improved test taking experience and flexible new features to better support candidates of graduate business education. Schools will benefit from it as an improved element in their holistic admissions process.

“We want to encourage people with a broad set of qualifications, undergraduate backgrounds and lived experiences to understand the richness of their choice and take that leap forward on their business school journey,” said Joy Jones, CEO of GMAC. “It is our belief that GMAT Focus Edition will allow candidates to optimize their preparation for graduate business education while helping schools attract a global pool of qualified and diverse applicants.”

“This is an important evolution of the test,” said Bruce DelMonico, Assistant Dean for Admissions at Yale School of Management and a board member of GMAC. “In terms of the relevance and usefulness of the test, this is definitely a positive step that will be beneficial both to business schools and to candidates.”

More efficient, more flexible, and more insightful, in an all-new testing experience

The GMAT Focus Edition will feature three 45-minute sections: Quantitative Reasoning, which examines problem solving skills; Verbal Reasoning, which evaluates critical reasoning and reading comprehension but no longer incorporates sentence correction; and the newly developed Data Insights section, which measures candidates’ data literacy skills and ability to analyze and interpret data and apply it to real-world business scenarios. With these changes and the removal of the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), it is nearly one hour shorter than the current version of the GMAT and therefore requires less content to prepare. Besides new features that allow test takers to bookmark as many questions as they want, review questions within the remaining section time and change up to three answers per section, and to complete the three sections in any order, the enhanced Official Score Report now offers detailed performance insights that helps them assess strengths and identify focus areas at no additional cost.

“I think the redesign of the GMAT exam is testament to GMAC’s commitment to continuous improvement. Changes to the exam address the growing importance of certain competencies and the future of work – for example with the addition of Data Insight,” said Arnold Longboy, Executive Director, Recruitment & Admissions at London Business School.

New score scale and concordance to help assess candidate competitiveness

The GMAT Focus Edition’s Total Score, ranging from 205 to 805, is based on test taker performance on all three sections of the exam, with each section, ranging from 60 to 90, weighted equally. This change has been made to ensure that test takers and schools can easily distinguish from a GMAT Focus Edition score to the currently available GMAT Exam score, which ranges from 200 to 800. To understand a test taker’s relative competitiveness, one can use the concordance tables available on mba.com that link score distributions between the two versions of the exam by percentile. With the GMAT Focus Edition’s new score scale, percentile rankings deserve the primary attention from test takers and schools when looking to understand the results.

“When comparing scores of GMAT Focus Edition to the current version of the GMAT Exam, we encourage test takers and schools to compare percentile rankings rather than comparing total scores,” stressed Manish Dharia, director of product development at GMAC. “Because the Total Score scale and the score scale distribution have both changed, comparing total scores or section scores from the current version of the exam to the GMAT Focus Edition is not appropriate, accurate, or a meaningful comparison of performance. Scores of 600 and 605 may look similar, but they represent very different performance levels on different skills.”

Additional efforts to facilitate smooth transition and swift adoption

As GMAT Focus Edition rolls out for the remainder of 2023, the current version of the GMAT exam will continue to be available to candidates until early next year to facilitate their in-progress preparation and applications for business school. Also, to that end, the GMAT Focus Edition fees will remain the same as the current GMAT exam.

“Keep in mind, all GMAT exam scores – whether they are of the current GMAT or GMAT Focus Edition – continue to be valid for 5 years,” said Ashish Bhardwaj, senior vice president and head of market development at GMAC. “With the advance announcement of the new edition, we encourage candidates to proceed with registering and taking the GMAT exam in ways that best enable their pursuit of graduate management education.”

About GMAC

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is a mission-driven association of leading graduate business schools worldwide. GMAC provides world-class research, industry conferences, recruiting tools, and assessments for the graduate management education industry as well as resources, events, and services that help guide candidates through their higher education journey. Owned and administered by GMAC, the Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™) exam is the most widely used graduate business school assessment.

More than 12 million prospective students a year trust GMAC’s websites, including mba.com, to learn about MBA and business master’s programs, connect with schools around the world, prepare and register for exams and get advice on successfully applying to MBA and business master’s programs. BusinessBecause and GMAC Tours are subsidiaries of GMAC, a global organization with offices in China, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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Les inscriptions à l’examen GMAT™ Focus Edition ouvriront en août 2023

Des supports préparatoires gratuits seront disponibles deux mois au préalable afin d’aider les candidats à réussir dans leur parcours vers les écoles de commerce

RESTON, Virginie, 02 mai 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Le Graduate Management Admission Council™ (GMAC), une association mondiale représentant les plus grandes écoles de commerce, a annoncé aujourd’hui que les inscriptions au GMAT™ Focus Edition, une version actualisée du Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™), ouvriront le 29 août 2023, tandis que l’examen se déroulera au quatrième trimestre de l’année. Par ailleurs, des supports préparatoires officiels du GMAT Focus seront disponibles sur mba.com le 6 juin 2023, avec un planificateur d’études gratuit de seulement six semaines pour aider les candidats à se tenir à un planning, informer les activités préparatoires et suivre leurs progrès, outre un GMAT Focus Official Starter Kit gratuit fourni avec un échantillonneur de 70 vraies questions du GMAT et deux examens pratiques taille réelle pour aider les candidats à établir un référentiel de leurs performances.

Plus tôt cette année, le GMAC a lancé le GMAT Focus Edition après des efforts de recherche étendus impliquant des centaines de professionnels scolaires et un test de concept approfondi avec des milliers d’étudiants à l’échelle mondiale. Le GMAT, l’examen d’admissions pour écoles de commerce le plus largement utilisé au cours des sept dernières décennies, a été repensé pour offrir une expérience améliorée et de nouvelles fonctions flexibles permettant de mieux soutenir les candidats souhaitant poursuivre des études supérieures dans le commerce. Les écoles en bénéficieront en guise d’élément amélioré de leur processus holistique d’admissions.

« Nous voulons encourager les personnes avec un large ensemble de qualifications, les étudiants en premier cycle et les individus aux expériences vécues à comprendre la richesse de leur choix et à réellement avancer dans leur parcours vers les écoles de commerce », a déclaré Joy Jones, PDG du GMAC. « Nous croyons que le GMAT Focus Edition permettra aux candidats d’optimiser leur préparation aux études supérieures de commerce tout en aidant les écoles à attirer un pool mondial de candidats qualifiés et diversifiés. »

« Il s’agit d’une évolution importante du test », a commenté Bruce DelMonico, doyen adjoint pour les admissions à la Yale School of Management et membre du conseil d’administration du GMAC. « En termes de pertinence et d’utilité, ce test présente véritablement une progression positive qui bénéficiera tant aux écoles de commerce qu’aux candidats. »

Plus efficace, plus flexible et plus instructif, dans le cadre d’une expérience de test entièrement nouvelle

Le GMAT Focus Edition comprendra trois sections de 45 minutes : Raisonnement quantitatif, qui examine les compétences de résolution des problèmes ; Raisonnement verbal, qui évalue le raisonnement critique et la compréhension de lecture mais n’intègre plus la correction de phrases ; et la toute nouvelle section Connaissances des données, qui mesure les compétences de lecture des données des candidats et leur capacité à analyser et interpréter les données et à les appliquer à des scénarios commerciaux réels. Avec ces changements et le retrait de l’Évaluation de rédaction analytique (Analytical Writing Assessment, AWA), il dure près d’une heure de moins que la version actuelle du GMAT et requiert donc moins de contenu pour se préparer. Outre de nouvelles fonctions permettant aux candidats d’attribuer un signet à autant de questions qu’ils le veulent, de passer en revue des questions pendant le temps restant d’une section, de changer jusqu’à trois réponses par section, et de compléter les trois sections dans n’importe quel ordre, le Rapport de notation officiel amélioré intègre désormais des informations détaillées sur leurs performances qui les aident à évaluer leurs points forts et à identifier les domaines sur lesquels ils doivent se concentrer sans aucun coût supplémentaire.

« Je crois que la refonte de l’examen GMAT atteste de l’engagement du GMAC en faveur d’une amélioration continue. Les modifications apportées à l’examen s’adressent à l’importance grandissante de certaines compétences et à l’avenir du travail, par exemple avec l’ajout de la section Connaissances des données », a déclaré Arnold Longboy, directeur exécutif du recrutement et des admissions à la London Business School.

Une nouvelle échelle de notation et un système de concordance pour aider à évaluer la compétitivité des candidats

Le Score total du GMAT Focus Edition, allant de 205 à 805, se base sur les performances d’un candidat aux trois sections de l’examen, où chaque section, allant de 60 à 90, est considérée avec la même valeur. Ce changement a été apporté pour s’assurer que les candidats comme les écoles puissent facilement distinguer une note au GMAT Focus Edition d’une note à l’examen GMAT actuellement disponible, qui va de 200 à 800. Pour comprendre la compétitivité relative d’un candidat, il est possible d’utiliser les tableaux de concordance disponibles sur mba.com qui lient les distributions de notes entre les deux versions de l’examen par centile. Avec la nouvelle échelle de notation du GMAT Focus Edition, les classements par centile méritent le plus gros de l’attention des candidats et des écoles cherchant à comprendre les résultats.

« Lorsqu’il s’agit de comparer les notes du GMAT Focus Edition à la version actuelle de l’examen GMAT, nous encourageons les candidats et les écoles à comparer les classements en centile plutôt que les notes totales », a insisté Manish Dharia, directeur du développement produits au GMAC. « Comme l’échelle de Note totale et la distribution de l’échelle de notation ont toutes deux changé, il ne serait pas approprié, précis ou pertinent de comparer les notes totales ou des notes de sections de la version actuelle à celles de l’examen GMAT Focus Edition. Des scores de 600 et 605 peuvent paraître similaires, mais ils représentent des niveaux de performance très différents pour différentes compétences. »

Des efforts additionnels pour faciliter une transition fluide et une adoption rapide

Alors que le GMAT Focus Edition se déploie pour le reste de l’année 2023, la version actuelle de l’examen GMAT restera disponible pour les candidats jusqu’au début de l’année prochaine afin de faciliter leur préparation en cours et leurs candidatures aux écoles de commerce. Par ailleurs, à cette fin, les frais pour le GMAT Focus Edition resteront les mêmes que pour l’examen GMAT actuel.

« Gardez à l’esprit que toutes les notes à l’examen GMAT, qu’il s’agisse du GMAT actuel ou du GMAT Focus Edition, restent valables pendant 5 ans », a déclaré Ashish Bhardwaj, vice-président sénior et responsable du développement de marché au GMAC. « Avec l’annonce anticipée de la nouvelle édition, nous encourageons les candidats à s’inscrire et à passer l’examen des façons qui favorisent le mieux leur poursuite d’études supérieures en management. »

À propos du GMAC

Le Graduate Management Admission Council™ (GMAC™) est une association de prestigieuses écoles supérieures de commerce du monde entier, au service d’une mission. Le GMAC fournit au secteur de l’enseignement supérieur en management des recherches, conférences sectorielles, outils de recrutement et évaluations de classe mondiale, ainsi que des outils, ressources, événements et services qui guident les candidats pendant leur parcours dans l’enseignement supérieur. Propriété du GMAC, qui assure sa gestion, l’examen du Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™) est l’évaluation pour école de commerce la plus largement utilisée.

Plus de 12 millions d’étudiants potentiels par an font confiance aux sites Web du GMAC, y compris mba.com, pour en savoir plus sur les programmes de MBA et de masters de commerce, contacter les écoles du monde entier, se préparer et s’inscrire aux examens, et obtenir des conseils sur les procédures d’admission aux programmes de MBA et de masters de commerce. BusinessBecause et GMAC Tours sont des filiales du GMAC, une organisation internationale avec des bureaux en Chine, en Inde, à Singapour, au Royaume-Uni et aux États-Unis.

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Amii welcomes over 2000 of the world’s brightest minds in AI to annual Upper Bound event

Four days of events include keynotes, panels, demos and socials from world-leading AI researchers and innovative business leaders

EDMONTON, Alberta, May 02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Amii (Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute) welcomes the world AI community to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for Upper Bound, May 23-26. All are invited to attend the multi-day event, with diverse programming catered for AI researchers, industry leaders, pop culture enthusiasts and anyone who has ever been curious about artificial intelligence.

In-person and virtual tickets start at $0. Registration and schedules are available at upperbound.ai 

A celebration of AI excellence in Alberta and beyond, Upper Bound will take over Edmonton with a full event schedule and more than 100 events taking place in the downtown core. Upper Bound is pleased to welcome our 2023 keynote speakers including:

  • Richard S. Sutton, trailblazing AI researcher and Amii Chief Scientific Advisor, considered by many as the pioneer of reinforcement learning | Ticket Access: Community Pass, Upper Bound Pass, Talent Bursary All Access and Online Pass 
  • Cam Linke, CEO, Amii | Ticket Access: Upper Bound Pass, Talent Bursary All Access and Online Pass
  • Peter Stone, Executive Director of Sony AI America | Ticket Access: Academic Symposium and Upper Bound Pass (limited)
  • Marlos Machado, Amii Fellow & Canada CIFAR AI Chair | Ticket Access: Academic Symposium 

“AI is the most important tool of our time, and it continues to dominate global conversation,” says Cam Linke, CEO of Amii. “Upper Bound puts a spotlight on Alberta’s AI leadership and legacy and is a celebration of AI that welcomes everybody to learn, network, discuss and join in on the conversation. This is an invitation for the world’s AI community to experience the best of what Amii and Canada has to offer in scientific excellence, start-up creation and industry application — so they can leave inspired by the connections they’ve made, the information learned, and their ambitious ideas realized.”

Upper Bound is an AI event for everyone and includes sessions, demos, networking events and socials open for a range of ages and familiarity with AI. Scheduled events include:

  • An Academic Symposium, showcasing leading research and organized by Amii Fellows from the University of Alberta, one of the world’s top academic institutions for AI research.
  • Panels on AI in industry, including discussions on innovative applications of AI in industry; the demand for AI talent; advancing cellular agriculture; ventures and start-ups; and more.
  • AI & Culture, high-energy and fun events for all AI enthusiasts.
  • Social and networking opportunities with daily coffee catch up, beers with peers and the hottest ticket in town, the official Upper Bound Party.

Last year more than 2,000 attendees from 38 countries attended the inaugural event. Amii awarded Talent Bursaries to over 500 recipients from around the world to cover travel and accommodation costs with over 69% of recipients self-identified as members of underrepresented groups in STEM.

This year, Amii has awarded over $500,000 in Talent Bursaries to support 700 recipients from 22 countries to Upper Bound in person. An additional 612 global Talent Bursary applicants received Online Pass access for live-streamed content and full immersion in the Upper Bound app.

Upper Bound is proudly presented by Amii. One of Canada’s three centres of AI excellence as part of the Pan-Canadian AI strategy, Amii is an Alberta-based, non-profit institute that supports world-leading research in artificial intelligence and machine learning and translates scientific advancement into industry adoption. Learn more at amii.ca.

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Nearly 300 participants expected at 2nd Korea-Tunisia-Africa Business Forum, May 8-9

The 2nd edition of Korea-Tunisia-Africa Business Forum will be held on May 8-9 at the Maison de l'Exportateur in Tunis, with the participation of nearly 300 economic operators representing various sectors.

Jointly organised by the Export Promotion Centre (CEPEX), the Korean Embassy to Tunisia and the Tunisian-Korean Chamber of Commerce (TKCC), this forum will see the presence of a Korean delegation of 70 participants, led by Busan city mayor Park Hyeong Joon.

This event seeks to "create a platform for cooperation and triangular economic exchange between Korea, Tunisia and the African Continent," said CEPEX Deputy Managing Director Riadh Ben Attia at a press conference on Tuesday.

Tunisia is for Korea an exemplary partner capable of playing an important role in the development of this triangular relationship insofar as it enjoys a strategic geographical position in addition to the fact that it is a member of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

The official also indicated that the companies taking part in this forum will represent various sectors including agri-food, Agri-Tech, Medical-Pharmaceutical industries, Beauty industry, Automative parts and Information and communication technology (ICT).

He added that representatives of Korean institutional bodies including the Korea Importers Association (KOIMA), the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) and Busan Economic Promotion Agency (BEPA) are expected to attend this forum.

Taking the floor on the occasion, Korea's Ambassador to Tunisia Sun Nahm-kook said that his country's goal, through this triangular partnership, is to conquer not only the African market but also the European and Arab markets.

He also commended the large number of Korean economic operators expected in this 2nd edition, up by 30 participants compared to the first edition.

"Many Korean companies have volunteered to come to Tunisia," he indicated.

The Korean government is showing more and more interest in the African market, Sun Nahm-kook pointed out, adding that a specific summit on Africa will be held in May 2024 in Seoul.

President of the Tunisia-Korea Chamber of Commerce (TCCC) Slim Sellami said for his part, that CEPEX and the Foreign Investment Promotion Agency "FIPA-Tunisia" will sign two agreements with KOIMA on the sidelines of this forum.

The agreements aim to organise economic missions between the two countries and to boost bilateral investments.

President of the Tunisia-Korea Chamber of Commerce (TCCC) Slim Sellami said for his part, that CEPEX and the Foreign Investment Promotion Agency "FIPA-Tunisia" will sign two agreements with KOIMA on the sidelines of this forum.

The agreements aim to organise economic missions between the two countries and to boost bilateral investments.

In 2022, trade between Tunisia and South Korea reached TND 724 million, according to CEPEX figures.

Tunisian exports to South Korea totalled TND 91 million, recording a 30% increase compared to 2021.

The exported products notably include crustaceans (crabs), electrical wires and cables, copper waste and scrap and dates.

Tunisian imports from South Korea amounted to TND 633 million, down by 29.2% compared to 2021.

The imported products are passenger cars, wires and cables.

The trade balance is in deficit for Tunisia by TND 541 million, with a coverage rate of 14.4 %.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

U.S. Ambassador states country’s readiness to support Tunisia and review its file acceptance conditions by IMF

U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia Joey Hood expressed at a meeting with Minister of Social Affairs Malek Zahi Tuesday, the willingness of the United States to support Tunisia and to review the conditions for acceptance of its file by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Ministry of Social Affairs said in a staement.

The US ambassador was quoted as saying the statement by President Kais Saied on this issue was clear, expressing his consideration for any vision based on the willingness to rely on the country's own resources, according to a national and self-reliant economic project that respects the international partners, according to the same statement.

Hood emphasised the strong and age-long relations between Tunisia and the United States, recalling that Tunisia is an efficient partner and enjoys a privileged place in his country, reads the statement.

Moreover, he praised the AMEN social programme, noting that Tunisia has great potential for investment in all areas and occupies a strategic position among countries allowing it to create new sources of financing to establish financial balance.

For his part, the Minister of Social Affairs stressed that Tunisia is ready to introduce comprehensive reforms, according to an approach that preserves the rights of vulnerable and limited-income groups, while respecting social justice, in accordance with the guidelines of the President of the Republic.

He pointed to the solid relations between Tunisia and the United States, based on mutual respect, reviewing the main cooperation programmes between the two countries in the social field, in particular, the investment in human capital through the social service funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Zahi spoke of the importance of coordination in the social field, as part of a joint programme, citing the various investment sectors such as agriculture, tourism, mining and renewable energy.

On another level, the Minister of Social Affairs said that his department is working to achieve a comprehensive strategy for migration in collaboration with the National Observatory of Migration and all parties involved, to address this phenomenon, according to a humanistic vision that preserves social peace in Tunisia.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Penumbral lunar eclipse visible on May 5

A penumbral lunar eclipse will take place on Friday, May 5, 2023, when the Earth will position itself between the Sun and the Moon, casting only the outer part of its shadow, the National Meteorological Institute (INM) announced on Tuesday.

This eclipse, which will last 4 hours and 17 minutes, will be visible in Tunisia and the rest of Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia.

For Tunisia, the eclipse will begin after sunset and the moon will emerge from the earth's penumbra at 20:31 local time.

Unlike total or partial lunar eclipses, a partial lunar eclipse is difficult to see because it is hard to notice the slight changes in the moon's light as it enters the penumbra, the institute said.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Seven deaths from coronavirus infection recorded from April 24 to 30, 2023 (Health Ministry)

Seven fatalities following infection by the coronavirus were recorded from April 24 to 30, 2023, announced the Ministry of Health in a statement issued Tuesday.

The Ministry also reported 265 new infections by the coronavirus during the same period, after the completion of 959 tests, a positivity rate of 27. 63%, said the same source.

The number of patients admitted to hospitals and private clinics is about 25 cases until April 30, the ministry added.

The total number of deaths reported since the beginning of the pandemic in Tunisia until April 30 is about 29 thousand 398 deaths.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Closing conference of international MA Degree “Migration Studies: Governance, Policies and Cultures”

The University of Tunis El Manar held at the City of Sciences in Tunis Tuesday the closing conference of the new international MA Degree "Studies in Migrations: Governance, Policies and Cultures" which was launched in the 2021-2022 academic year for a period of 3 years.

Project Coordinator at El Manar University Samira El Mechri said during the conference that this new master has 45 Tunisian students and 5 sub-Saharan students. It is taught in English in several Tunisian and European schools and is destined to train experts and specialists in the management of regular and secure migration.

She indicated that this master's degree, which is funded by the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), under the Erasmus+ programme, is taught at the University of Tunis El Manar and at the universities of Tunis and Manouba.

"The 50 Tunisian students were selected from 200 candidates," she said, adding that the first graduating class of this master's degree is scheduled for 2023-2024.

She affirmed that 23 exchange programmes were organised so as to unify teaching programs in Tunisian and European universities, in addition to the holding of 2 summer schools in Granada (Spain) and London which resulted in 31 practical activities specialised in the management of regular and secure migrations.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

SNC Bobo 2023: Minister Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo invited to Mali

The Minister of Crafts, Culture, Hotel Industry and Tourism of Mali, Andogoly Guindo, invited his Burkinabè counterpart in charge of Culture to the biennale of Malian culture scheduled for next July in Mopti in the center of the country.

The 20th edition of the National Week of Culture (SNC) Bobo 2023 which runs until May 6 is likely to extend into July for the Minister of Communication, Culture, Arts and Tourism, Jean Emmanuel Ouedraogo.

He received an invitation from his counterpart in Mali to attend the Malian Culture Week scheduled in two months.

"Very soon in Mali, there will also be the artistic and cultural biennial which is a major event that has been taking place for more than 60 years in Mali," said the Malian minister.

"I therefore take the opportunity to invite my dear brother to this celebration of Malian and African culture planned in Mopti next July", he continued.

He sent this invitation on Sunday April 30, 2023 on the sidelines of the second evening of the Grand Prix national des arts et des lettres (GPNAL).

The Burkinabè and Malian authorities attended the second evening of performances by the artists in competition for the GPNAL.

Appreciating the artistic performances he attended, Minister Guindo noted "the vitality, depth and diversity of Burkinabe culture".

“This second night of the GPNALs showed us very fascinating facets of this rich Burkinabè culture. Through performances in the fields of modern and traditional music, we have seen the full density of Burkinabe culture,” he added.

The Malian Minister had just attended the performances of the Akilisso orchestras of Comoé and Glory of God of Oubritenga and that in the category Star of the traditional song of Guitanga Kkoro of Yagha.

In light of what he has observed of the artistic performances since the opening ceremony, Andogoly Guindo has found similarities between Burkinabè and Malian cultures.

"Our two countries share a thousand-year-old cultural heritage," he said.

Source: Burkina Information Agency