Organised by ARTerial from 14 to 16 November, in Dakar, Senegal, the conference brought together around 200 professionals from the creative field from over 40 African countries and served as a platform to present a range of projects developed in this field. Among them was also the FOMECC Senegal project, carried out by Interarts and the Association des Métiers de la Musique du Sénégal (AMS) with the support of AECID. The presentation was made by Maria Casas, Interarts' representative in West Africa, in the context of the round table on "Mainstreaming Creative Cultural Industries as critical elements in African national economic planning". Based on this and other experiences such as the Strategic Analysis for the Promotion of Culture in West Africa, the Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Culture of Niger and the training and awareness raising activities on cultural and creative industries addressed to artists and local authority officers in Niger, Casas shared current needs identified and questioned whether current policies are able to respond to these needs. Also attending the conference, Interarts' general manager, Antonio Gucciardo and AMS' representatives had the opportunity to meet Abdoul Aziz Mbaye, Senegal's new Minister of Culture, and Mabousso THIAM, Director of the Agency for the Development and Monitoring of SMEs (ADEPME, in its French acronym).