Lisa Callender of Protrade Consultancy, a firm in Jamaica, has been appointed to head the newly created National Cultural Policy project.
Minister with Responsibility for Culture, Honourable Chet Greene, made the declaration at a press conference at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium yesterday.
According to Minister Greene, the project is being funded by a grant from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), and will seek to bring Antiguans and Barbudans closer toward the realisation of a cultural renaissance.
“This is very important to us as a country because there is quite a significant push towards the rebirth of our culture…we saw elements at our carnival which are not [uniquely Antiguan], so this exercise will allow for greater interaction through consultation with the island community,” the Minister said.
The Minister further added that the project will also seek to boost the overall economic growth of the twin-island state.
“Too often, persons do not see culture as a key contributor to the economy.
But with the proper honing of our cultural exhibits and industries, culture can be a key economic contributor,” continued Minister Greene.
The National Cultural Policy will be rolled out in phases, beginning with a draft policy expected in one month. This will be followed by consultations on the policy within the local communities, and will culminate with the acceptance of a “Cultural Policy.”
Callender, who is no stranger to Antigua & Barbuda, having worked with the Ministry of Trade in providing training to craft members, comes highly qualified. She has also worked in almost every country in the Caricom region in various capacities.