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Contact: Claudia Monlouis




Tuesday 5 April 2011  A regional  training seminar  held here  recently to assess the  economic contribution  that the creative sector has been making to the economies of the OECS has underscored that this sector needs  to strengthen  its  data foundation if it is to  develop and grow  to its fullest potential. 


The seminar  which was conducted from March 29  to 31 was commissioned to  strengthen the capacity of national and regional  statistical officers to collect, analyze, and disseminate  economic data on the creative  industries sector.


Minister for Commerce, Industry and Consumer Affairs, Honourable Tessa Mangal,   says she is pleased that the seminar  also served to   increase  awareness  among policy makers and development partners  within the cultural and creative industries sector.


“You need to first  dispel the thinking of persons that this is just about people using their hands; it's much more than that. That is why we've asked for the intervention of WIPO, ITC and other  development partners in presenting the paper to the policy makers at COTED—that's very important.”


The minister  indicated  that   the island,  for its part,  has already embraced the sector  within the National Export Performance Framework,  but will pursue means and ways  of sufficiently analyzing and measuring  the  true value of the creative industries  sector through continued work with statisticians and consultations.

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