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The Entertainment Advisory Board has been re-established and will seek to guide and influence the policies and programmes, aimed at developing the sector.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Damion Crawford, made the announcement during his contribution to the 2012/13 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on July 17.

Mr. Crawford explained that the Board has been charged with the responsibility of giving guidance to the process of making the industry more productive for not only the practitioners, but the nation.

"The outputs of culture, such as the visual and performing arts, need to be effectively organised in order to reap the full economic benefits of our creativity, and ensure that entertainment becomes a tool for progress," the State Minister said.

Chaired by Head of Pulse Investments Limited, Kingsley Cooper, the Board has been mandated to: strengthen public-private partnership to maximise the contribution of the entertainment industry to economic and social development; provide advice to the Ministry regarding key issues and strategies and, in particular, the development of a policy for the entertainment industry; and facilitate the engagement of entertainment industry stakeholders in the policy-making process.

"The Board will meet regularly to discuss issues and review relevant policy documents to develop recommendations for a National Entertainment Policy. The Board has also been mandated to oversee the preparation of a ‘road map’ for the entertainment industry, and identify key implementation strategies, activities, and timelines," Mr. Crawford said.

 

By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporter