Government developing cultural industries

Government is taking the development of cultural industries very seriously, having recognized that the industry can make an important contribution to the island’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Word of this came from acting Prime Minister Richard Sealy at the National Independence Festival for Creative Arts (NIFCA) Gold Awards ceremony held Friday at Ilaro Court.

“In tandem with other vital sectors such as tourism, international business and financial services and manufacturing, Government is of the firm view that there are several economic benefits to be accrued from the further development of and investment in the cultural industry,” Sealy said.

“The cultural industries can be a vital source for the earning of much needed foreign exchange for the country and a critical source of employment generation for our citizens, particularly for young entrepreneurs.

“Over the past couple of months, the Barbados Social Partners have been actively engaged with each other to formulate a structured and methodological strategy which when completed will serve as a blueprint for the critical sector,” Sealy added.

He said that through this strategy, an immediate, short, medium and long-term agenda for the growth and development of Barbados’ economy will be framed.

“Plans articulated by the Social Partners include enhancing the attractiveness of Barbados for the hosting of cultural events, developing Barbados as a prime location for international film production and further developing the UNESCO designated World Heritage site of Bridgetown and its Garrison,” Sealy said.

He noted that the strategy, which is already at an advanced stage of completion, will very shortly be submitted for the approval of Cabinet. (KH)

12 Responses to Government developing cultural industries

  1. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba December 10, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    the only cultural ting wanna got is teefin the taxpayers monies and selling off the assets, bunch of ass holes

  2. Jennifer December 10, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    what culture exactly???? And what industry seeing this people forfeited the little they were left for pride. Hope u all real proud.

  3. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray December 10, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    A culture of buying votes or culture of down grade

  4. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn December 10, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    What type of culture you are speaking about. my culture is selling on the street. But I can’t get a license. I can’t owned a store as yet.

    • Jennifer December 11, 2017 at 5:50 am

      ok. idiots.

  5. Melissa Wright
    Melissa Wright December 10, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    How long were they singing this tune and cant seem to get it develop

  6. Committed Bajan December 10, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Only if government had opted to use $94,000+ of the $100,000 requested for cultural development instead of consultant fees they would have been given the money to really develop culture instead of seeing a headline “Rejected”.

  7. Ralph Greene December 10, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Wunna ain’t tired giving this same speech year after year???

  8. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison December 11, 2017 at 5:48 am

    Wow !!!
    Knock me stupid…..
    After two full terms it’s suddenly a hive of activity with all the things they now want to do……..
    Oh boy, these really think we Bajans stupid huh ?

  9. Tony Webster December 11, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Holy Flying Footloose Calypsos Batman…quick…tell the IM.F….this will yank their hand-brake!

  10. Helicopter(8P) December 11, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Cotton tower must be refurbished to its original look and a smallpark should be inplace; I do hope. This site has the English Colonisiation History of Trinidad locked into its existance. It’s from this site that Neopolian Boniparte’s naval fleet was intersepted while on their southhern voyage to reforge Trinidad and carry supplies to the French settlement.

  11. straight talk December 11, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Culture my a## Barbados don’t have one sh!t to offer


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