Local stakeholders who want to take advantage of the duty free concessions which are soon to be made available under the Cultural Industries Act will first need to registered.
This advice from Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs Stephen Lashley, as the February 1 date approaches for official proclamation of the Act.
Under the legislation, a new body to be known as the Cultural Industries Development Authority will be dedicated to the management and administration of the legislation. Government also has plans to set up a special development fund, as well as to make available to practitioners a range of duty free concessions.
“For example, someone who is involved in the film industry would have lots of items and equipment they would need, but under the legislation they can import them duty free. We are trying to give the cultural industry a stimulus and a boost,” said Lashley, while stressing the need for practitioners to be registered.
He was speaking to members of the media at the headquarters of the Barbados Defence Force, the Garrison, St Michael, where he had earlier addressed the awards ceremony for the Community Independence Celebrations.
Lashley lauded the participants, pointing out that they had become involved even though there were no monetary gain to be had.
He contended that such competitions as the Inter-Block Draughts Tournament and the Inter-Parish Road Tennis Tournament had contributed to the development of community bonding.
The Minister also hailed the contribution made by the corporate sector in fostering community spiritedness.