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Posted: September 17, 2009
K'Shema Francis's picture

There is a call for the cultural industry to lobby more, for broader incentives in order for the country to reap benefits from the creativity in that industry. 

 Financial secretary in the Finance ministry Dr Wesley Hughes was speaking at the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association general meeting last evening.

 According to Dr Hughes in an ideal economy, trade incentives, waivers and benefits are not necessary. 

 He says in the real world; however incentives are necessary to “level the playing field”. 

 He adds that this sentiment is echoed in the national export strategy which the development, trade and export of music has proven difficult for numerous reasons including lack of accurate data capture and the ability to define “authentic jamaican” products.   (((((CLIP)))))

 Dr Hughes made a comparison between the cultural industry and the motor vehicle industry in terms of seeking waivers for their group.  (((((CLIP)))))   


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