29.06.2018 -

CARIFESTA XIV tops agenda of Regional Cultural Committee Meeting of CARICOM

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The Twenty-Sixth Meeting of the Regional Cultural Committee (RCC), of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)  held on 25-26 June 2018 at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, discussed the agenda of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XIV) to be conducted in August 2019 in Trinidad and Tobago.

Directors of Culture, as well as representatives from various Regional Cultural stakeholders along with representatives of UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean, Caribbean Development Bank and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), discussed organizational matters of CARIFESTA XIV, issues such as leveraging CARICOM’s cultural assets, Reparations for Native Genocide and Slavery, Animation and financial opportunities in the field of culture.

CARICOM Assistant Secretary General (ASG), Human and Social Development, Dr. Douglas Slater and the Assistant Secretary General, Political Affairs and Human Development for the ACP Group of States, His Excellency Leonard-Emile Ognimba, addressed the opening ceremony of the Meeting.

ASG Slater in his remarks noted that recently Caribbean governments were paying more interest in the growth potential of culture. He reminded delegates that at the Twenty-Sixth Intersessional Meeting held in The Bahamas in February 2015, CARICOM Heads of Government had reaffirmed the significance of the cultural and creative industries to Regional Integration and the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), cultural identity, diversity and youth engagement.

“Our Ministers of Culture have led the way in advocating and calling for more investment in culture in CARICOM and have identified CARIFESTA as the ideal Regional forum through which we showcase Caribbean Arts and Culture”, he said.

Mr. Ognimba thanked the CARICOM Secretariat for granting the ACP Secretariat the opportunity to engage with the Region on common programmes, particularly those related to culture. He said that the cultural dimension had a very important place in the ACP Programmes. He remarked that the meeting was happening at a crucial time when ACP was preparing to negotiate a new Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union. He said that he hoped the Region would express solidarity with the group to enable a successful negotiation.

Representative of the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean, Mr. Yuri Peshkov in his presentation emphasized the role of culture in sustainable development, briefed the participants on thematic priorities of the UNESCO’s Special Initiative for the Caribbean (SPIC) and advised on the funding opportunities offered within the Participation Programme and various UNESCO Culture Conventions. Concern and suggestions of resilience of Caribbean SIDS to disasters through enhancing culture sector’s preparedness and response were particularly welcomed by the participants.

Source: www.today.caricom.org




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