Honourable Lisa Hanna to Open Symposium on Research to Boost Cultural & Creative Industries

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  • The National Cultural and Creative Industries Commission (NCCI) is staging a symposium bringing together learning institutions, government entities and private players, as part of the effort to stimulate more and better research on the creative economy.
  • The one-day symposium is a key move to advance government's policy agenda and strengthen the impact of the cultural and creative industries on national development.
  • The event is being held to address the scarcity of existing economic and social data on the cultural and creative industries within Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean.

The National Cultural and Creative Industries Commission (NCCI) is staging a symposium bringing together learning institutions, government entities and private players, as part of the effort to stimulate more and better research on the creative economy.

 

Scheduled to be officially opened by Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna who will be representing Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, on Friday February 5 at the Mona Visitors Lodge, UWI, the one-day symposium is a key move to advance government’s policy agenda and strengthen the impact of the cultural and creative industries on national development.

 

Cultural and the Creative Industries (CCI) Advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister Dr. Deborah Hickling explained that the event is being held to address the scarcity of existing economic and social data on the cultural and creative industries within Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean.

 

She said that the event is designed specifically to facilitate the sharing of the Jamaican Government and CARICOM’s policy agendas with universities, relevant ministries, departments and agencies of government as well as representatives of the creative and cultural sectors.

 

“This is another important element in the process of bringing CCIs to the centre of local and regional economic policy, given the recent Jamaican government-led initiatives, including the designation of Kingston as a Creative Music City by UNESCO, and the World Bank Foundation for Competitiveness and Growth’s formulation of a business plan for Jamaica’s cultural and creative industries,” Dr. Hickling noted.

 

It is also expected that the symposium will suggest ways to assist organisations to streamline and focus their research, data gathering, data reporting and curriculum agendas to inform and support the regional and domestic policy on CCIs, she explains, adding that it will also seek to establish some bases for partnership with institutions and address the need for a coordinated education and training thrust in this area.

 

“The need to generate research and data was recently highlighted in the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers Global Mapping Report on CCIs, where Jamaica and the Caribbean, despite our competitive and comparative advantage in these areas, were poorly represented,” Dr. Hickling notes.

 

The National Cultural and Creative Industries Commission was established in the Office of the Prime Minister in 2015, with part of its mandate being to develop policy to drive the sustainable development of the creative economy in Jamaica.

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