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Wednesday, 21 March 2012 16:32


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Kingston, Jamaica, 18 To 20 April 2012

  1. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat wishes to advise Member States that the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and CARICOM Secretariat, with the financial contribution of Spain to the Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund, are jointly organising a Regional Workshop on Creative Industries and Intellectual Property Rights for Countries of the Caribbean.  The Workshop will be held at the Wyndham Kingston, in Kingston, Jamaica from 18-20 April 2012.

  2. Member States are invited to nominate two (2) capital-based senior officials (one (1) should have responsibility for intellectual property policy and the other should be from the trade authorities). Selected candidates should have successfully completed the WTO Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) online training course at the intermediate level or, otherwise, demonstrated having acquired equivalent knowledge through professional experience.
  3. The WTO Secretariat will provide financing to cover travel expenses and per diem for two (2) participants from each Member State, in accordance with WTO regulations.  The CARICOM Secretariat will be responsible for arranging airfare and hotel accommodation and the payment of per diem. Personal travel arrangements made outside of this activity will be the responsibility of the participants.  The participation by Regional Organisations/Secretariats will not be funded.
  4. Attached is the Draft Programme of Activities for the Workshop.
  5. Member States are requested to submit by Friday, 30 March 2012, the names and designations of their nominees, as well as their email addresses, telephone and fax numbers.  Nominations received after this date will not be eligible for donor support.  This information should be forwarded to -

The Secretary-General
Caribbean Community:

for the attention of -

Mr. Ian King
Project Officer
External Economic and Trade Relations
CARICOM Secretariat
Tel. No.     592-222-0001-75 (Ext. 2761)
Fax No:     592-222-0165
E-mail:     This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

and copied to -

Mr. Wolf Meier-Ewert
Legal Officer
Intellectual Property Division
World Trade Organization Secretariat
Geneva, Switzerland
Tel. No.:     (41-22) 739-6344
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Ms. Verónica Scerbo
Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC)
World Trade Organisation (WTO)
Geneva, Switzerland
Tel. No.:     (41-22) 739-5918
Fax No.:     (41-22) 739-5764
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Wednesday, 21 December 2011 19:18

Dominican screenwriter wins prestigious award

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Dominican Leonardo Arturo de Leon is one of the winners of the 2011 Platinum Level Oregon Film Awards. He won in the screenplay competition for having written the film Why Do Men Cheat. It is the story of a man who married the woman of his dreams but is about to lose her trying to discover the answers to why men cheat.
Monday, 19 December 2011 19:16

Colombia ratified the Convention of Cultural Diversity

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Colombia ratified the Convention of Cultural Diversity last week and the congress passed the law. We have put a relevant article on our website:

Thursday, 24 November 2011 18:48

In Guyana, a New Home for Music

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Above: the new National School of Music (Photo: GINA)

Guyanese President Bharrat Jagdeo unveiled the National School of Music, aimed at improving music education in the country.

“We think through this school and its outreach programmes, we can involve people who never had a chance to study music formally and to be trained to be part of this cultural resonance that we are having in Guyana,” Jagdeo said.

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Monday, 10 October 2011 14:22

Op-Ed: Royann Dean on Building a Creative Economy in the Caribbean

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Above: the Cayman Enterprise City project

By Royann Dean

Throughout election season in the region, we will inevitably hear talk about sustainable development. Sustainable is commonly synonymous with ‘environmental’ but also includes economic sustainability. Creativity is not likely to be a part of that discussion. But do we really understand creativity and its relevance to economic sustainability?

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Monday, 10 October 2011 13:58

Coalitions for Cultural Diversity Newsletter - October 2011

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Monday, 19 September 2011 18:24

Special honour for TIFF co-director, Cameron Bailey

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Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) co-director Cameron Bailey said the four years he spent growing up as a young lad with his grandparents in Barbados shaped his life.

In his acceptance speech last week at the opening of the sixth annual Caribbean Tales Film Festival showcase that honoured him for his dedication and contribution to the Caribbean film industry, the British-born film curator and media personality noted the lessons he learned in the Caribbean country serve him well in his artistic endeavours...

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