January 27, 2020

A regional Cultural and Creative Industries Workshop held in Barbados

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Bridgetown, , November 22, 2018.

The Caribbean Export Development Agency in collaboration with the , GIZ and BCSI commenced a two-day workshop for practitioners in the creative and cultural industries of . The Agency hosted forty (40) representatives from across to support the building of capacity in the areas of music, fashion and craft in particular.

The workshop was designed to enhance the capacity of cultural practioners in comprehending the dynamics of the abovementioned global industries, thereby fostering opportunities for the export of CARIFORUM cultural and creative goods and services.

At the opening of the workshop Janet Moreno, Team Leader for Economic and Social Development Support at the Delegation of the European Union to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean States, the OECS and CARICOM/CARIFORUM informed that the EU planned to support the Region over the next four years with the implementation of the specifically in the area of intellectual property “For the coming next 4 years, the European Union plans to further support the Region with the implementation of the by providing more than 20 Million euros for important areas such as intellectual property rights.”

The workshop covered topics such as branding and marketing; creating a unique value proposition. Further participants were able to get a greater understanding of intellectual property (IP) and how to utilise the opportunities under the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

The cultural and creative industries globally grew by 14% following the economic downturn of 2008 and thus Regional governments have realised the potential economic benefits of a strong creative sector and have prioritised its development.

“The global creative industry is valued at some 2.2billion USD and employs 29 million people. The Caribbean has contributed towards this, but as a region our practioners and governments still have not unlocked its true economic potential” expressed Allyson Francis, Services Specialist from Caribbean Export.

Sanya Alleyne, Technical Trade Advisor at GIZ stressed the importance of practitioners becoming familiar with emerging technologies, “It is imperative that CARIFORUM practioners become familiar with the emerging technologies that are changing production processes, distribution and marketing methods and even, access to finance. The digital economy, is well suited to aid CARIFORUM practioners in overcoming current market entry hinderances.”

Caribbean Export is committed to the development of the regional cultural and creative industries. The two-day workshop coincided with the celebration of Services weekend in Barbados which saw a number of performances and displays at Firefly Shows which the Agency also supported.

About Caribbean Export
Caribbean Export is a regional export development and trade and investment promotion organisation of the Forum of Caribbean States (CARIFORUM) currently executing the Regional Private Sector Programme (RPSDP) funded by the European Union under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) Caribbean Export’s mission is to increase the competitiveness of Caribbean countries by providing quality export development and trade and investment promotion services through effective programme execution and strategic alliances.
More information about Caribbean Export can be found at www.carib-export.com. Contact: JoEllen Laryea, PR and Communications, Caribbean Export Development Agency, Tel: +1(246) 436-0578, Fax: +1(246) 436-9999, Email: [email protected]

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