CARICOM Official lauds work of Regional Cultural Committee

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Ms. Myrna Bernard, Director, Human Development, CARICOM Secretariat speaking during the opening ceremony of the Twenty-Fifth Meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee of the Caribbean Community,
Ms. Myrna Bernard, Director, Human Development, CARICOM Secretariat speaking during the opening ceremony of the Twenty-Fifth Meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee of the Caribbean Community,

Director of Human Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Ms Myrna Bernard, on Wednesday lauded the Regional Cultural Committee (RCC) for its many achievements over the past two decades.

Ms. Bernard was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Twenty-Fifth Meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, 21-23 July, 2017. Ms. Myrna Bernard  said the RCC was instrumental in developing a Regional cultural policy in 1994, and noted that the policy still served as a reference document and a model for cultural policies in some Member States where policies are still being developed.

In fact, the vision of the Ideal Caribbean Person, detailed in that document, has served as a foundation to guide many a strategy and conversation on Human Development. The Conference of Heads in 1997 adopted it during their deliberations on HRD; in 2010, the CARICOM Commission on Youth Development CCYD updated and used it as basis for informing the Paramaribo Youth Strategy, and the most recent (2017) Development of the CARICOM HRD 2030 Strategy, has also used that conceptualisation of the Ideal Caribbean Person.

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Put your money where your mouth is! – Barbados Culture Minister

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Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth of Barbados, the Hon. Stephen Lashley, is of the view that regional Governments needed to redirect some of their resources to the cultural industries if they were truly interested in regional economic expansion and development.

He said funding that was going to some traditional sectors that may not necessarily be bringing in the returns that were needed could be diverted to the cultural industries. The Minister was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Twenty-Fifth meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, 21-23 June, 2017.

In his remarks, Minister Lashley pointed out that when the CARICOM Heads of Government met at the Twenty-Sixth Inter-Sessional Meeting in The Bahamas in February, 2015, they recognised that cultural and creative industries represented a sector with great potential to contribute to the economic development of the Region. According to the Minister, the Heads reaffirmed the significance of the cultural and creative industries to CARICOM integration, to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), for cultural identity, diversity and youth engagement. He said they also agreed to place greater emphasis on a development pathway based on knowledge and the creative economy and by leveraging the human, cultural and national assets of the Community, for development in all its dimensions. (more…)

Three-day Suriname Art Expo underway at Umana Yana, Guyana

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Art enthusiasts in Guyana now have the opportunity to see the work of artists from Suriname at the Suriname Art Expo which is being held at the Umana Yana Georgetown Guyana.

The three-day event was officially declared open on Wednesday and features 15 artists who are members of the Federation of Visual Artists in Suriname. The exhibition is part one of an exchange programme between Suriname and Guyana and will include a return visit of Guyanese artists to Suriname.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Expo, Assistant Secretary General, Trade and Economic Integration at the CARICOM Secretariat, Mr. Joseph Cox, said that the exchange programme fitted into the framework of the Community’s Strategic Plan.

“Culture is seen as a pillar for building economic and social resilience, as well as strengthening CARICOM identity and spirit of the Community. Culture is a unifying force in regionalism and important to the success of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy. Culture promotes social cohesion and inclusiveness and contributes to wealth creation and the reduction of poverty,” he said.

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Mega shopping mall for CARIFESTA XIII

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A composite photo of some of the items expected to be showcased at the CARIFESTA Grand Market and Buyer’s Shopping Mall. (Photo via Barbados Today)
A composite photo of some of the items expected to be showcased at the CARIFESTA Grand Market and Buyer’s Shopping Mall. (Photo via Barbados Today)

Local and regional entrepreneurs will have a rare opportunity to showcase their products to international buyers as well as shoppers from the Caribbean when the new CARIFESTA Grand Market and Buyer’s Shopping Mall opens at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC) on August 17.

Described by coordinator Andre Hoyte as a ‘Shopping Mall’, the traditional grand market of CARIFESTA has been redesigned specifically to attract retail buyers. In addition to those from the Region, buyers have been invited from the USA, Canada, Colombia and Europe.

The Caribbean Export Development Agency has also invited a number of buyers who will be seeking Caribbean products for world markets.

Read more at: Barbados Today