Potential in cultural industries sector

Show Manager Luc Biermé and sales executive Christelle le Moing of Who’s Next (Fashion Show), Paris speaking with tour participants.

Twenty-two CARIFORUM Cultural Industries firms participated in a European Study Tour organised by Caribbean Export Development Agency and African Caribbean and Pacific Business Climate from July 2 to 11. The tour took the firms to Manchester, Berlin and Paris.

“The cultural industries sector has the potential to deliver significant benefits to the region through innovation and knowledge creation, as well as contribute to economic growth in the Caribbean,” said Executive Director of Caribbean Export commented, Pamela Coke-Hamilton.

“As such the objective of this tour is to foster dialogue between European and CARIFORUM business leaders with the view to enhance the region’s investment potential.”

The 22 firms, representing fashion, music and audiovisual, were from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.

In addition to meeting counterpart organisations and companies during the tour, it is anticipated that a roadmap for the development of the sector within the EU market would be presented and discussed at the second CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum.

One Response to Potential in cultural industries sector

  1. Patricia July 28, 2012 at 8:11 am

    As a region, our cultural and folkloric heritage is one of the most mis-understood and and exploited resource. My conviction on the matter is so strong that for the past five year, my sole professional focus has been on offering management consulting services to cultural organizations and artists of Latin American and Caribbean descent to help them become sustainable and self-sufficient. One of my biggest dreams and driver is that eventually someone with enough regional authority or a governing body within Latin America and the Caribbean will make it a regional focus in the Americas to give the cultural sector the proper attention, support and resources needed to protect our heritage and help it to flourish. My constant challenge has been in ensuring cultural professionals that eventually a regional governing body will see and understand the enormous value of their works and contribution. I just hope we make this a regional owned initiative.


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