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Hon. Shawn Edward, Minister for Youth Development and Sports and Hon. Lorne Theophilus, Minister for Tourism and the Creative Industries are back on island after a two day meeting of Caricom’s Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD XXII) Culture, Youth and Sport, held in Georgetown, Guyana from February 02nd -03rd , 2012. The 22nd meeting of the Council, which was held under the theme Strategic Repositioning for Human Development and Economic Growth, brought together Ministers with responsibility for Youth, Sports and Culture from around the region, to discuss areas of mutual interest and concern.


Particular emphasis was placed on the impact of trade agreements such as the EPA on the performing and creative arts.  While CSME has made provision for the free movement of skilled workers which would include artistes, COHSOD noted that the process of certification and verification need to be revised, in order to facilitate this free movement. Ministries of Culture have been called to do so by advertising the Registry of Artists and Cultural Workers, as well as information on their Certifying Agencies. 


While the deliberations were dominated by discussions on culture, participants discussed the importance of healthy lifestyles in youth development-sports being a critical element in that thrust. 


Participants agreed to convene another COHSOD meeting later this year, to deal specifically with matters of Sports, as matters of culture dominated last week’s meeting.

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