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OAS Organizes Meeting of Experts on Cultural Heritage in Barbados

  May 9, 2013

The Organization of American States (OAS) co-organized, from Tuesday until today in Christ Church, Barbados, a consultative meeting of experts from the Caribbean as part of its project "Expanding the Socio-Economic Potential of Cultural Heritage in the Caribbean.”

The meeting, convened by the Office of Education and Culture of the OAS, in collaboration with Coherit Associates, LLC, with the financial support of the Permanent Mission of the United States to the OAS and with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth of Barbados, was inaugurated by Stephen Lashley, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth in Barbados, who stressed the importance and timeliness of the project. He also highlighted that the goods declared as cultural heritage, if well managed, can play a key role in increasing foreign exchange earnings as well as providing interesting business opportunities for young entrepreneurs.

The event brought together 30 experts, most of them citizens of the Caribbean, who examined the risks related to cultural heritage; the gaps between public policy and reality; as well as possible responses to the issue of the promotion and protection of the tangible and intangible heritage of the Caribbean region. The group of participants included representatives from government, from the cultural heritage and tourism sectors, civil society, the private sector and academia.

Also participating at the event were Francis McBarnette, the OAS Representative in Barbados; Christopher Sandrolini, Deputy Head of Mission of the United States Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean; and Lenore Yaffee Garcia, Director of the Office of Education and Culture of the OAS.

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Reference: E-186/13