Blog Archives

PRESS CONFERENCE: CULTURE, CRIME, DIVERSIFICATION & THE COMING RECESSION YEARS

FITUN and ACTT co-host press conference

FITUN and ACTT co-host press conference

Place: Communications Workers Hall, Henry Street, Port of Spain
Date: Tuesday 20th March 2016
Time: 10.00am
Conveners: ACTT & FITUN
Present: Joseph Remy President FITUN; Rubadiri Victor President ACTT; Alette Williams National Dance Association/ACTT member; Ashton Cunningham Fire Services/FITUN member

The Artists’ Coalition is calling on the Honourable Prime Minister and the government of Trinidad and Tobago to utilise Culture and the Creative Industries: as the arrowhead industries to lead the Diversification thrust of the nation; as an instrument to deal with crime; and as the force to cushion the blow of the recession for working class communities in the next 3 years,

  • The Creative Industries are the second largest industries on planet Earth with earnings of $2.2 Trillion annually recorded since 2001 with a then growth rate of 5% (Hopkins 2001).
  • uk creativesThe UK just released their Creative Industry data for 2015 and recorded that they were now earning £230.4 million (TT $2.3 billion) a day (!) from that industry.
  • That industry’s growth rate of over 8% is many a percentage point over their traditional industries like energy and manufacturing.
  • ACTT believes that the local Creative Sector could raise its annual foreign exchange contributions to the economy from its current plateau of $1.5 billion to over $6 billion+ in 5 short years.

The Minister of Finance has said that the current recession will last until 2019. ACTT has crafted a 3 year plan to grow the local Creative Sector geometrically whilst mapping the entire process. ACTT sees the initiative rolling-out alongside a Buy Local/Economic Patriotism initiative it will be partnering with other stakeholders on. The Creative Industry initiatives are critical because the country has invested billions in subsidising Arts education through GATE and the Academy of the Performing Arts- and is now losing its best graduates to Brain Drain because it has invested nothing in facilitating an Industry to receive these graduates.  Read the rest of this entry

Advertisements

THE MYSTERY AND MAJESTY OF LOCAL CONTENT

THE ENABLERS

The Creative Industries are an annual US$2.2 trillion economy according to UNESCO’s 2000 statistics, with a then projected growth rate of 5% per annum. The cluster of Art, Culture, and the Creative is now the second largest industry on planet Earth. Both developed and developing countries- from Australia to Dubai to Nigeria- have been employing it to transform their landscapes and media-scapes to leverage the transformation of their economies into Service and Information Technology-based economies. The Creative Industry has replaced the traditional economic powerhouses such as the extractive and manufacturing sectors as the go-to growth engine of the world’s economy. This creative renaissance- and the empowerment and enrichment of its practitioners and their nations- is passing Trinidad and Tobago straight by…

The reason is that the current Creative Industries economy with all its working parts was built on 4 waves of enablers- policies, legislations, fiscal enablers, institutions- implemented by developed countries from the period of the World Wars to the present. Local Content was indispensable to that architecture. T&T’s political leaders for decades have refused to implement these enablers, so we do not have the systems in place to economise our creative potential. Read the rest of this entry