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  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government will be looking to tap into the multi-million dollar global film industry as a major revenue earner for the country.
  • The Prime Minister, who was speaking with JIS NEWS at the Independence Day grand gala held at the National Stadium on August 6, said the Jamaican culture continues to be a strong brand internationally and has the potential to bring the country significant earnings through film.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government will be looking to tap into the multi-million dollar global film industry as a major revenue earner for the country.

“One area which we haven’t exploited and we intend to is the film industry. Globally, it is a massive industry, and Jamaica can certainly make its footprint in that,” he said.

The Prime Minister, who was speaking with JIS NEWS at the Independence Day grand gala held at the National Stadium on August 6, said the Jamaican culture continues to be a strong brand internationally and has the potential to bring the country significant earnings through film.

“If you consider 54 years of Jamaican culture and how we have used that to impact on the world …I believe we can find a way to claim intellectual property and Jamaica can earn considerable wealth,” Mr. Holness pointed out.

Some 1,000 performers participated in the grand gala in celebration of the country’s 54th year of Independence.

The event, staged under the theme: ‘Youth Arising,’ showcased the energy and dynamism of Jamaica’s young people, with segments on youth in education, youth in technology, and youth as creators of cultural expressions.

The celebrations continue today (August 7) at the Independence Village at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre with live performances, exhibitions and booth displays by the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), among others.

The Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Grand Coronation, which was postponed due to the threat of Tropical Storm Earl, will take place at 7:00 pm at the village.