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Barbados is set to host the eighth Organization of American States’ (OAS) Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities at Hilton Barbados, from September 19 to 20.

The theme for the meeting is Strengthening the Creative Economy and Culture Sector: Repositioning the Culture Sector to Secure Sustainable Development.

Ahead of the official start of the conference, a number of panel discussions have been planned for Wednesday, September 18.  They are: The Economic Significance of the Creative Economy in the Caribbean, Enhancing the Economic Potential of Cultural Heritage in the Caribbean, Opportunities for the Youth in the Cultural Heritage Sector, and The Challenges of Creative Industries in the Caribbean: The point of view of the Superheroes of the Creative Economy.

They are: The Economic Significance of the Creative Economy in the Caribbean, Enhancing the Economic Potential of Cultural Heritage in the Caribbean, Opportunities for the Youth in the Cultural Heritage Sector, and The Challenges of Creative Industries in the Caribbean: The point of view of the Superheroes of the Creative Economy.

The international meeting, which officially starts this Thursday, September 19, will attract close to 200 participants from the hemisphere, who will have the opportunity to network, share best practices, and discuss emerging trends in cultural development.

Topics on the agenda include: Strengthening the Creative Economy and Culture Sector: Repositioning the Culture Sector to Secure Sustainable Development; Enhancing the Capacity of Businesses and Enterprises in the Creative Economy through Greater Financial and Technical Support; and Safeguarding Cultural Heritage: Developing Inter-Sectoral Linkages for Sustainable Economic Growth.

This meeting will be the second OAS Ministers of Culture Meeting to be held in Barbados since 2008. It is expected to be beneficial to the Caribbean, as member states are seeking to develop orange economies as a means of diversifying their economies.

paula.harper-grant@barbados.gov.bb

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