The Ministry of Family, Culture and Sports has completed the draft Cultural Industries Development Bill. Permanent Secretary of the Division of Culture and Sports, Shirley Farnum, has stated that the Bill would provide for “the establishment of a regulatory framework to facilitate and encourage the sustainable growth and development of cultural industries, funding for cultural projects, as well as duty free concessions and income tax benefits in respect of cultural projects”.
The Division is seeking public feedback in order to ensure that the Bill adequately covers the needs of key stakeholders in the cultural industries and encompasses recommended ‘tools of trade’ to be included in the schedule to the Act.
Copies of the draft Bill are available at all branches of the public library, post offices across the island, the National Cultural Foundation at West Terrace, St. James and the Division of Culture and Sports at the Warrens Office Complex, St. Michael. It can also be accessed electronically at http://www.gisbarbados.gov.bb/Cultural_Industries_Bill_2011.pdf
Written submissions can be sent to the Permanent Secretary in the Division of Culture, Sports and Youth, Warrens Office Complex, St. Michael by July 22, 2011.