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Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, has called on local government authorities to make more use of culture in promoting economic activities.
He was addressing the opening ceremony of the international local government conference of the Intercity Tangible Cultural Co-operation Network (IICCN), today (September 15), in downtown, Kingston.
Noting that the Caribbean had an enormously powerful heritage that was as yet unexploited, the Prime Minister said that the conference provided an opportunity to place the preservation of culture and heritage within the responsibility of local government.
“Preserving our culture, our heritage and those things that are important to us is a challenge for local government authorities to assume some responsibility and to play a significant role in transforming that culture into economic activities,” the Prime Minister said, and appealed for greater collaboration between the agencies for cultural preservation.
Speaking on behalf of the City of Kingston, co-sponsor of the conference, Mayor Desmond McKenzie highlighted Kingston’s recent cultural investments, including the Bolivar Centre and the refurbishing of the Ward Theatre.
Under the theme, ‘Local Government at the Forefront of Preserving our intangible Cultural Heritage’, the two-day conference is a forum aimed at local government administrators across the world to share information, best practices, and experiences; and to explore the methods and means of the capacity building of communities by local governments.

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