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Promoting Caribbean Creative

In this third issue of Caribbean Creatives, we are pleased to have the support of the International Trade Centre (ITC). This issue puts the spotlight on promoting the CARIFORUM creative industries and comes on the heels of a similarly named joint project by the ITC and the Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) which focuses on promoting the CARIFORUM Creative Industries sector as a viable contributor to the export diversification and development of member countries.

The first article by Alicia Nicholls provides a critical review of the ITC-CEDA project with a discussion of the potential of the project and its key activities to contribute to the development of the region’s creative industries sector. The magazine then switches focus to consider the challenges and opportunities facing the creative sector by examining the trade in goods, services and intellectual property. The articles by Dr. Keith Nurse and Alicia Nicholls also assess the persistent problem of data collection in the creative industries and outline strategies for improvement.

Naturally, any discussion of promoting the creative industries would be incomplete without an exploration of the opportunities which exist for the CARIFORUM creative industries. In her article, Dr. Sandra Browne treats the reader to a fresh look at the underutilized wealth of indigenous materials in the Caribbean which could be used in the production of local artisanal products, while Daenia Ashpole explores the impact of digital trade in the creative economy through an analysis of Jamaica’s reggae and dancehall music.
This edition also takes an exciting look at the creation of the Contemporary Caribbean Design brand, born out of the product design workshops under the ITC-CEDA project, and launched at the recently held Design Caribbean Trade Fair, which showcased the best of the Caribbean’s creative splendor. Caribbean Creatives concludes with a look at the success of Cameron Bailey, Barbadian/Canadian film curator,as well as an assessment of Trinidad & Tobago audio-visual sector. We thank all the contributors, institutions and sponsors that gavegraciously to this issue.

Please click here to read more on Issue 1 Volume 3 in Creative Creatives