Friday, June 14, 2013

Follow the Rihanna model?

"Barbados’ entertainers and their Caribbean counterparts should look beyond their countrymen in the Disapora if they want to make it big.

A regional trade and development specialist is advising them to try to follow the Rihanna model, rather than focussing largely on international “West Indian communities”.

Ramesh Chaitoo expressed this view in his new study The Entertainment Sector in CARICOM: Key Challenges and Proposals for Action, done on behalf of the Inter-American Development Bank.

In his “technical note”, which focussed on creative sector policies in the context of services export promotion in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, the expert said creative individuals in the Caribbean were being hard done by governments and financial institutions.

As for the role of the West Indian Diaspora, specifically in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, he said this community was perhaps not as financially supportive of cultural industry development as some evidence suggested."

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