Sat | Sep 23, 2017

Grange elected vice-chair of regional cultural committee

Published:Friday | December 9, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange, who is a vice chair of the Inter-American Committee on Culture.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange has been elected as vice-chair of the Inter-American Committee on Culture at the recently concluded VII Inter-American Meeting of Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities in Paraguay.

The Inter-American Committee on Culture is the technical-political body of discussion in the area of culture and is composed of representatives of the ministries of culture and highest appropriate authorities of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Grange said the committee's main function is to see to the implementation of the mandates of the declarations and plans

of action of the ministerial meetings on culture, as well as of those that emanate from the Summits of the Americas.

The Committee on Culture, which was established in 2008, has, over the years, focused on a diverse range of areas, including:

- The role of culture in social development and economic integration and growth

- Preservation of cultural heritage

- Challenges of cultural industries

- Culture and indigenous peoples

- Drafting of culture policies and impact on Caribbean citizens.

- Culture and equality

- Cultural diversity and public policies.

Grange will serve alongside Minister-Secretary of Culture of Paraguay Fernando Griffith (chair); Minister of Culture of Guatemala, JosÈ Luis Chea Urruela (vice-chair); Beatriz Vivas, director, Directorate International Cooperation, Ministry of Culture of Argentina (vice-chair); and Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth of Barbados, Stephen Lashley (vice-chair).

Grange said that she is grateful for the opportunity to play an integral role in the development of culture in Latin America and the Caribbean. She also pledged to ensure that Jamaica follows in the footsteps of the Latin American countries in the Organisation of American States that have already reaped significant economic benefits from their initiatives in the cultural and creative industries when compared to their Caribbean counterparts.