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Spicemas to benefit from CDB’s grant for the creative industries

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  • CDB Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund launched in 2017
  • Multi-country project at marketing carnivals awarded US$30,000

Grenada is among 3 OECS territories that will benefit from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund (CIIF) which was launched in 2017 and had its first call for proposals in 2018.

The focus will be on the island’s carnival product and it is part of a multi-country project which also involves Dominica and St Lucia. The proposal was submitted by Export Saint Lucia and is entitled “Branding and Commercialisation of Carnival in Saint Lucia, Dominica, and Grenada.”

A news release from CDB said the project award of US$30,000 has different components. “The project includes an industry assessment and gap analysis, development of the intellectual property aspect of a policy framework and the development of a strategic and action plan inclusive of brand development toward the sustainability of the industry,” said the release.

Kelvin Jacob, Chief Executive Officer of Spicemas Corporation (SMC), said that the initiative is aimed at marketing the carnivals of the 3 islands. “Basically, there will an audit of the 3 carnivals on how they are promoted now. It will be assessing each island, looking at the branding and other initiatives in going forward,” he said.

The Caribbean Development Bank recently announced that it had approved US$350,000 for 4 projects that are geared at increasing cultural collaboration and improving the enabling environment for culture and the creative arts in the region.

The funding came under the Enabling Environment grant stream of the bank’s CIIF. The grant finances interventions to support projects and programmes that focus on improving the business climate for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the cultural industries.

Besides the Grenada, Dominica, and St Lucia project, another project is the animation initiative “A Model for Caribbean Collaboration: The Animation Industry,” which is the result of a partnership between the Jamaica Promotion Corporation (JAMPRO), Animae Caribe and TT Film Co.

That project received a US$100,000 grant that will be used to finance value chain mapping, identification of gaps and best practices and harmonisation of training across the region.

CDB says that five educational institutions — the University of Trinidad and Tobago, George Mason University, Barbados Community College, University of London and the Carnival Institute of Trinidad and Tobago — will be working together to deliver the Pan Fellowship Programme, another recipient of an Enabling Environment Grant.

The programme will see a curriculum being developed for 12-month undergraduate, and two-year certificate programmes that focus on cultural context as a key consideration in both performance and instruction of the steel pan. The programme received a grant of US$90,000.

Another grant recipient is “Fahina: Re-branding the Creative Industry of Maya Women in Belize” a fashion industry project from the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management, Belize National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), Belize Tourism Industry Association. This project which received a grant of US$130,000 and it will provide a source of economic empowerment to Mayan women, innovating new designs, developing culturally appropriate branding and creating digital platforms to access and integrate Mayan creative products into the global marketplace.

CIIF was established in 2017 with an initial US$2.6 million in capitalisation from CDB. It is intended to be a multi-donor fund, which will support the development of the creative industries sector in the Caribbean.

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Breaking News: Twely Joseph guilty of Capital Murder

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by Curlan Campbell, NOW Grenada

A 12-member jury this evening found 19-year-old Twely Joseph guilty of Capital Murder in the death of 8-year-old Ariel Bolah of Frequente, St George.

Joseph is expected to be sentenced on 31 January 2020.

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Peter David meets with UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation

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  • Support for dialysis machine for Grenada’s General Hospital discussed
  • Grenada has consulate and diplomatic representation in Dubai
  • Participated in third Expo 2020 Preparatory Meeting

Foreign Affairs Minister, Honourable Peter David, from 28-29 November was in Dubai and met with Minister Reem Ebrahim Al Hashimi who is the UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation, as well as the managing director for Expo 2020.

The two ministers, among other matters, discussed support for a dialysis machine for Grenada’s General Hospital and Dubai’s contribution to assist in financing Grenada’s participation and delegation to attend the expo.

While in Dubai, Minister David also held bilateral meetings with other officials of the Dubai Government, during which the parties agreed on close cooperation during the preparatory work and during the Expo 2020 exhibition, which, according to the Minister, will see Grenada on full display. Grenada and The UAE already have strong ties, for a relatively new relationship.

The UAE has stepped up in the last five or so years, to show their support for Grenada’s development. This was demonstrated through their huge grant donation to assist with the rebuilding of Grenada’s premier democratic institution, the Houses of Parliament, which was opened in June 2018.

Grenada even has a consulate and diplomatic representation in Dubai now. So, the relationship is definitely growing, and the UAE has a strong commitment to ensuring that developing countries, such as Grenada, fully benefit from the World Expo 2020.

While in Dubai last week, Minister David, and Shanta Cox, of the Ministry of International Business, also participated in the third Expo Preparatory Meeting, which was held over the two days.

More than 15 local manufacturers have already registered with the Grenada committee to attend the Expo, which will run from October 2020 to March 2021. International Business Minister Nickolas Steele said that Grenada will be having its own booth/pavilion for the Dubai event. Previously Grenada’s products were displayed with the Caricom booth.

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Grenada represented at CDEMA’s annual CDM conference in Sint Maarten

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A five-member team is representing Grenada at the eleventh Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) annual Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) conference in Sint Maarten.

The conference is held under the theme, “The Road to Resilience Checkpoint 2019 – Safeguarding Our Communities, Livelihoods and Economies.”

The team consists of Acting Disaster Management Coordinator Supt. Sylvan Mc Intyre; Youth Representative Donte Mc Gillivary from Carriacou; Jamilla Lewis-Samuel, Communication Supervisor, NAWASA and two members from the Youth Emergency Action Committee (YEAC).

McIntyre said the conference provides an opportunity for disaster managers across the CDEMA framework to reflect and review the just-concluded hurricane season, analysing lessons learnt, best practices and identifying strengths and weaknesses.

“It is also a platform for showcasing disaster risk reduction initiatives, new equipment, new ideas and new spectrum for ensuring that we prepare for disaster and the events in the Caribbean that can affect us negatively,” Mc Intyre said.

One of the highlights of the conference is youth involvement. The youth representatives from the region will be engaged in debates, tours, school visits explaining to students and their peer’s aspects of Comprehensive Disaster Management.

The youth representatives are expected to be ambassadors in sharing the message of comprehensive disaster management in their respective countries.

The conference which has attracted over 400 representatives from across the region will conclude on Friday.

About the CDM Conference

The CDM Conference is the Caribbean region’s premier event on Disaster Risk Management and is hosted in collaboration with the Government of Sint Maarten. Over the years, the CDM Conference has showcased best practices emerging from CDEMA’s 18 participating states.

The event has also provided a space for the convening of professional development sessions for DRM Practitioners, Planners, Environmental Scientists, among others, within the CDEMA Participating States as well as stakeholders beyond our region. It has emerged as a platform for the engagement of niche groups/sectors in the DRM dialogue, physical planners, meteorologists, climate change stakeholders, researchers, educators and public and private financial experts; facilitated inter-stakeholder exchanges/networking and new policy ideas. As such, the CDM conference is viewed as an important mechanism for stakeholder engagement and intersectoral exchanges

For additional information, please contact Oslyn Crosby Public Relations Officer NaDMA on 440-8390-4 & 440-0838, cell: 533-0766, or email: nadma@spiceisle.com and nadmapr@gmail.com .

NaDMA, the official source for all disaster-related information in Grenada. 

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