Cultural Industries Study Tour brings Caribbean Creativity to Europe

From July 2 – 11, 2012 twenty-two CARIFORUM Cultural Industries firms participated in a European Study Tour organized by Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) and African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Business Climate (BizClim). The Study Tour took the firms to Manchester (UK), Berlin (Germany) and Paris (France).

“The cultural industries sector has the potential to deliver significant benefits to the region through innovation and knowledge creation, as well as contribute to economic growth in the Caribbean,” commented Pamela Coke Hamilton, Executive Director, Caribbean Export. “As such the objective of this Tour is to foster dialogue between European and CARIFORUM business leaders with the view to enhance the region’s investment potential”, Coke Hamilton concluded.

The twenty-two firms, representing fashion, music and audiovisual, were from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, as well as Trinidad & Tobago.

Mr Luc Biermé, Show Manager, and Christelle le Moing, Sales Executive, Who’s Next (Fashion Show), Paris speaking with Study Tour participants.

In addition to meeting counterpart organizations and companies during the tour, it is anticipated that a roadmap for the development of the sector within the EU market will be presented and discussed at the 2nd CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum.

The Cultural Industries Study Tour and the 2nd CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum is made possible through the support from the ACP BizClim Programme Management Unit and the European Union’s 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP).

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