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    • Several pieces of legislation are to be amended through the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.
    • Miss Grange said the Ministry will also be examining the National Library Act and the Legal Deposit Act under the National Library of Jamaica.
    • She argued that the creative economy can contribute “a lot” to the growth of Jamaica, and that foreign exchange can be generated from the culture.

    Several pieces of legislation are to be amended through the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

    “We are looking at the most important piece of legislation, the Anti-Doping in Sport Act, where some amendments are needed. I am hoping we can fast-track that before the Olympics in August,” says Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange.

    The Minister was speaking on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) television programme, ‘Issues and Answers’, recently.

    Miss Grange said the Ministry will also be examining the National Library Act and the Legal Deposit Act under the National Library of Jamaica.

    “We are looking at the Jamaica National Heritage Trust, and of course, the introduction and the discussions around the Sexual Harassment Act,” she added.

    Meanwhile, the Minister said the creative economy is another area of focus for the Ministry.

    “We are looking at reintroducing a programme that was piloted in West Kingston some years ago and that’s community cultural development/community sports development.

    We are going to take this across Jamaica into communities where you can  complement the work of the JCDC. We are going to take that talent from the grass roots to the global stage,” the Minister noted.

    She argued that the creative economy can contribute “a lot” to the growth of Jamaica, and that foreign exchange can be generated from the culture.

    “We have already given the world a musical icon in Bob Marley. We have given the world a new religion in Rastafari. We have given the world a new music in Reggae, and we have given the world more genres of Jamaican music than any other country, if we were to look at how our music evolved over the years,” Miss Grange said.