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FIRST 100 DAYS REPORT | MINISTRY OF YOUTH & CULTURE | APRIL 9, 2012

GOVERNMENT OF JAMAICA

MINISTRY OF YOUTH & CULTURE

FIRST 100 DAYS

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CONTENTS SUMMARY / RATIONALE ......................................................................................................................................... 3 TARGETED ACHIEVEMENTS .................................................................................................................................... 5 APPENDIX............................................................................................................................................................. 16 Youth ............................................................................................................................................................... 16 Culture ............................................................................................................................................................. 18 JAMAICA CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION ....................................................................................... 20 JNHT ............................................................................................................................................................. 27 IOJ ................................................................................................................................................................ 28

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SUMMARY / RATIONALE The Ministry of Youth and Culture represents the majority of our population that is 55% of the persons under thirty years old. It also represents our culture an area that gives Jamaica one of the best global competitive advantages today. Therefore, we have to ensure that we are youth friendly and create opportunities for our young people that will give them cutting edge training for jobs in today's world but as well as integrate our youth initiatives so that we can have better use of our resources. It is also clear, that we have to position the Ministry to implement initiatives that will strengthen the institutional capacity of culture and heritage within our country and place it at the forefront of our policy agenda. Accordingly, we must provide more training to our people in the cultural industries while at the same time develop the policies critical for investment in these areas by the private sector. In an effort to achieve this mandate, Since January 6, 2012 I have taken a proactive approach to. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Identify the technical needs within the Ministry and fill them Implement a policy to have output based on performance with job descriptions Strengthen the institutional capacity of the CDA Develop private sector partnerships Identify methods and financial resources to have more youth being trained and mentored Forge bilateral relationships with countries that have culture at the forefront of their policy agenda Chart a course to develop the policies critical for investment in the creative/cultural industries and ensure that the cultural policy is completed this year Assess existing legislation in relation to the NYS, JCDC and Noise Abatement Assess the Jamaica 50 programme and implement it Ensure that all mechanisms are in place to deliver the National Youth Policy this year

I consider it a privilege to be given the responsibility to lead this Ministry especially in our 50th year of political independence and as we celebrate I am mindful of the awesome task that is ahead of us to create an trained and productive work force that is bolstered with values of excellence seeing Jamaica first, on a mission to positively drive our economy for the next decade and beyond. Our youth and culture are important pillars for making this mission for our country a reality. Lisa Hanna, Honourable Minister of Youth & Culture

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TARGETED ACHIEVEMENTS

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FOCUS NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE (NYS) & YOUTH POLICY YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CHILD DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (CDA) NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE (NYS) NATIONAL CENTRE FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

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SHORT TERM GOALS Revise NYS Policy to drive curriculum – NYS Board Chairman to be lead contact and implementer to work with IDB for training/and ensuring the project runs on schedule for funds draw down Employ technical/manager to oversee the effective implementation of youth policy Create the “Youth Empowerment Officer” Programme in high schools which will optimise existing spaces to capture, train and monitor at risk youth Meet with UTECH to negotiate an MOU to use existing students who need community hours for credits to become CDA Investigating Officers to be deployed across the country to clear backlog report. Approach UNICEF for funds to train students. (JAMVAT) Integrates the Youth Information Centre with community centres and community libraries to take youth initiatives to our youth rather than wait for them to come to a YIC Merge NYS/YIC spaces within parishes while at the same time incorporating the housing of the Office of the Children’s Registry within the spaces which will allow for cost efficiencies and staff productivity – furthermore it will provide a ‘one stop’ approach to

ACHIEVEMENTS The Ministry’s objective to create a youth friendly society using the NYS as the driving force is on track with a range of critical support services being developed to provide them the resources to determine their best path. More information provided at section titled Youth. Removed CAP from NYS after consultation with the Ministry of Education. Submission is being prepared for Cabinet in conjunction with MDE on CAP as a general policy. Met with the IDB officials and the country manager to fast track the implementation of the youth policy Situation Analysis of Youth under IDBGOJ Project has been completed in St. Mary, St. James, Hanover, Clarendon, Trelawny, Kingston and St. Andrew, Portmore and Greater St. Catherine. All parishes will be completed by April 30th. On the 3rd of April a MOU was negotiated and signed between the Child Development Agency (CDA) and the University of Technology (UTECH – Students will earn credits via community hours by becoming investigating officers for the Child Development Agency following appropriate training as well as acting as councilors in Children’s Homes. Another MOU between Ministry and the PSOJ YUTE programme has been negotiated and signed on April 4th 2012 which will benefit 2700 young people. The NYS Policy has revised its youth focus in keeping with the values gained/learned from the YUTE programme. Those values are listed in the section titled youth. Youth Information Centres: Contract signing and breaking of grounds for the construction of the Clarendon and St. Catherine Youth Information Centre. Work has commenced. Contract signed by PS Martin, HM Hanna, Contractor, IDB and PIU.


FIRST 100 DAYS REPORT | MINISTRY OF YOUTH & CULTURE | APRIL 9, 2012 children, youth and parents. Merge all youth databases to create one functioning database through upgraded social media Move NCYD back into Ministry and ensure the National Youth Policy starts

National Youth Database: Compilation of National Youth Databse in advanced stage. The National Youth Database is a new directive from HM Hanna. Situation Analysis of Youth under IDBGOJ Project has been completed in St. Mary, St. James, Hanover, Clarendon, Trelawny, Kingston and St. Andrew, Portmore and Greater St. Catherine. All parishes will be completed by April 30th. 1. Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Child Development Agency and the University of Technology for: o Level 3 Child and Adolescent Development students completing their six-week practicum requirements, as well as those who have completed their course requirements and have progressed to the 12 week externship to assist in investigating child abuse cases referred to the CDA by the Office of the Children’s Registry. o 40 hour Community Service Project for students in the Child and Adolescent Development will centre around volunteering within the residential child care sector 2. Plans advanced for Child Psychology faculty members to assist in psychological assessment of children in care UTech to assist in mobilizing Child and Adolescent Development graduates to form a professional volunteer group to provide services to children in care Building and maintaining relationship with key stakeholders in the child protection system: Special consultation with privately-run children’s homes to devise a sustainable plan for government contribution to the private residential care sector Commitment to facilitate the extension of CDA’s participation in the Strategic Development Plan for Child Protection (SDPCP) which involves the placement

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CHILD DEVELOPMEN T AGENCY NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE

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Strengthening the Agency’s capacity to meet service demands: Appoint NYS Board/ Revised NYS Policy in keeping with value system of YUTE Programme (Merge possibility programme)

of social workers at the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA). Over a nine month period, the Kingston based pilot project resulted in only 67 children being remanded out of a total of 1083. Governance system in place to ensure oversight, guidance and continuity: Met with CDA’s executive management team, which has been given the charge to continue pursuing the Living in Family Environments (LIFE) Programme as the way forward for securing better outcomes for children NYS trained 815 youth in Business Administration across Jamaica. The participants have been deployed to schools and other public bodies as support personnel NYS negotiated the construction of two facilities (to be jointly built with YICs) in Hanover and Trelawny NYS Board named by Minister Hanna in February 2012 Under the NYS Financial Assistance Programme, $27 mil has been paid in grants to tertiary institutions on behalf of past participants 507 NYS Participants assessed in March by NCTVET for Level 2 certification in Community Health Aide and Library/Inventory Management Curriculum and Corporate Outreach Consultancies under the YDP Programme briefed on Minister’s direction for the NYS The National Summer Employment Programme for 2012 is set to give work experience to 5,000 students in secondary and tertiary institutions (implementation is March to September)


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YOUTH & ICT EMPLOYMENT & ENTREPRENEURSH IP EXPO

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Solicited funds from the World Bank to host a major expo focusing on Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship in the Information, Communication, and Technology sector. This will take place at the end of June 2012. Young people will take advantage of training in ICT areas such as; graphic design, mobile applications development, and business development among others. Additional ICT employment will be facilitated by micro work, crowd sourcing and other telecommuting options. The World Bank, in collaboration with the Government of Jamaica, and Jamaican private sector operators in the ICT sector, is organizing a 3-day Business Development and Marketplace event to be held in Kingston, Jamaica on 21-22-23 June, 2012. The event will see the participation of national private sector ICT companies, potential national and international investors, young startup companies, as well as the broader youth population. Scope of the event is to: - Present new developments in the global virtual economy that can offer employment opportunities for young Jamaicans; - Facilitate an interaction between young people, young professionals, and young entrepreneurs with national and international private sector companies operating in the virtual economy; - Showcase young Jamaican achievements in the ICT sector to national and international companies; - Identify key policy issues that are required to facilitate youth participation in the virtual economy and find/create employment opportunities either as selfemployment or by promoting business development. The target audience for the event is two-fold: - Young Jamaicans as far as sensitization of the opportunities offered by the virtual economy; - International companies who may


FIRST 100 DAYS REPORT | MINISTRY OF YOUTH & CULTURE | APRIL 9, 2012 have an interest in outsourcing employment opportunities to Jamaican youths via the global virtual economy. STRUCTURE OF THE EVENT To achieve the stated goals, the event will include: 1) Hackathon. A Hackathon on a social development issue: A HACKATHON aims at bringing together developers, designers, experts and authorities to explore solutions to Jamaican social ills using technology in particular mobile applications. The exciting 24hr marathon hackathon will be judged by a panel of experts who will rate the proposed solutions and declare a winning team. The team will be awarded a special prize. 2) DigiJam Apps Competition. The organization of am “app contest� where teams of young Jamaicans can compete to develop applications (mobile or web-based). A basket of apps will be commissioned by national and international companies which will sponsor the respective competition. A panel of judges will select the finalist teams who will be able to showcase their apps at the event. 3) Click2 Work. How & Where to Get a Job Online. Presentations by key players in the global virtual economy linked to the emerging areas of microwork, elancing and crowdsourcing. We are contacting companies to present their modus operandi and illustrate how these can make a difference for Jamaican youths; 4) Dot Jobs Fair: The organization of a job-fair and marketplace where Jamaican and international companies will set up booths open to youths. The job fair expects to attract from 3,000 to 5,000 youths who will be able to interact with companies, obtain information, drop CVs and/or receive career advice for the ICT sector. 5) A set of panel discussions running parallel to the job-fair/marketplace. In particular, two panels will be held with the scope to: a. Digital Skills That Pays the Bills: 9|P a g e


FIRST 100 DAYS REPORT | MINISTRY OF YOUTH & CULTURE | APRIL 9, 2012 Present the experiences of successful young Jamaicans who have managed to get employment in the virtual economy as micro-workers, free-lancers, or entrepreneurs; b. Experts addressing some of the critical questions faced by young people wanting to enter the virtual global economy: i. From Apps to Cash. Top 5 Ways How to Monetize Your App. ii. eCommerce. 5 Steps to Building a Successful Online Business. iii. Developing Game Apps that Win. Connecting Jamaica to di World Through Games. iv. Social Media How to Use Social Media to Drive Sales. 6) The organization of a “software training camp� by John Henry Thompson, a Jamaican and one of the global leading figures in the world of programming and inventor of the Lingo programming language. The software training camp will be run during day 3 of the event in parallel to the other activities.

REVIEW OF THE YEP PROGRAMME

JEEP

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Review YEP Programme under JBYT

The review of the Youth Entrepreneurship Programme under the Jamaica Youth Business Trust (JYBT) is completed. The NYS board along with Hon Minister will meet with the Development Bank of Jamaica, DBJ and the JYBT in April. The Ministry's JEEP project will see close to 200 persons being trained and certified in Events Coordination, Lighting, Stage Management, Production etc. These persons will earn job experience while assisting with the staging of Jamaica's 50th celebration events. The NYS will also implement a module to train Tour Guides to serve on Cultural & Heritage Tours for the Tourism sector.


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FOCUS JAMAICA 50TH

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SHORT TERM GOALS Asses and implement the Jamaica 50th Program

ACHIEVEMENTS An objective assessment of the Jamaica 50 proposal left by the previous administration was completed and submitted to cabinet. Cabinet reviewed and instructed that the programme be restructured Inter-Ministerial Committee for Jamaica 50 has been set up and is functioning. Under the direction of newly appointed Project Director, Mr. Robert Bryan, Jamaica 50 has been restructured and revised after a submission to cabinet. Jamaica 50 is now a realistic venture and has been revamped to allow for a celebration of which all Jamaica and the Diaspora can be proud. The re-scoped programme was presented to the country via a Press Conference at Jamaica House on Wednesday, April 4.


FIRST 100 DAYS REPORT | MINISTRY OF YOUTH & CULTURE | APRIL 9, 2012 CULTURE & CULTURAL INDUSTRIES

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Whereas the cultural industry has contributed more net foreign exchange than from services in finance, business, insurance and construction combined at JMD 2B in 2010, projected to contribute 2.2 trillion to the global economy in 2012. It stands to reason that the cultural industry must be positioned to reap maximum returns. Against that background identify the technical expertise required. Hire short term Consultant to deliver revised Cultural/Creative Industries Policy by June Provide rationale to merge CPTC/ PBCJ Put policy in place to achieve interface necessary between the Ministry and private sector to build cultural industries ie Noise Abatement Act revised and entertainment zone implemented. Identify space and investment for music museum

Revision of National Cultural Policy. Work has started on the revision of the National Cultural Policy. Established in 2003, a timeline has been given for completion by June 1012. Creation of a National Cultural Industries Policy. A Concept Paper is being prepared and will be brought to Cabinet during April 2012 as the initial activity in the policy development process. Noise Abatement Act & Entertainment Zones. Discussions have begun with the Police, Public Defender and some representatives of urban communities to discuss the way forward for the amendment of the Act. Meetings are being coordinated between the MYC and the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment. The MYC has also been examining the Act to assess the possible need for some redrafting. The meetings are being scheduled for April, after which the recommendations will be placed before Cabinet. Tax Reform and the Creative Sector. The MYC held consultations with representatives of the creative sector on the Tax Reform Agenda with a view to develop a policy for cultural industry investments, incentives and an exemptions regime. Consultations, particularly with the Bank of Jamaica, have commenced to assess the contribution of the sector to GDP. The assessment will be submitted to Cabinet. Staging of Reggae Month Celebrations. The MYC provided logistic support for the staging of Reggae Month 2012 as well as secured funding from CHASE for JARIA. Working closely with JARIA, the MYC was able to ensure that the activities were dynamic, properly organized and coordinated. The MYC is in dialogue with JARIA to strengthen the future economic output of the month’s activities. Against this background The MYC participated in the captioned workshop that sought to discuss ways to improve the collection of data on the cultural industries within the Balance of Payments Accounts of countries. The discussion was in recognition of the paucity of statistics on cultural and


FIRST 100 DAYS REPORT | MINISTRY OF YOUTH & CULTURE | APRIL 9, 2012 recreational services in BOP data, which continue to put the sector at a disadvantage in decision-making for macro-economic advancement. Accessed funding from the World Bank for a major expo in the area of Culture will take place this year. It will focus on using ICT to take advantage of employment and business opportunities in the Cultural Industries and has been set for Heritage Week 2012. Colombian Government sponsored Seminar on Cultural Policies for Cultural Entrepreneurship and Cultural Industries. The MYC participated in the captioned seminar in Colombia. It was organised within the framework of the Caribbean Strategy of the Government of Colombia and saw representatives from the Caribbean and Latin America. This was another very successful seminar as participants were able to engage Colombian agencies and learn of their work in the creative sector. These include the Colombian statistics agency, DANE; the national training agency SENA; the Rosario University; and the agency involved in entrepreneurship PRANA. Proposed future follow-up actions include the following: o Proposed meeting between DANE, Colombia’s statistics agency and the MYC, PIOJ, BOJ, STATIN and JAMPRO to share experiences on data gathering on the sector, especially in relation to its contribution to GDP and BOP, as well as on Colombia’s Culture Satellite Account. o MYC and JBDC to collaborate with PRANA to strengthen the offerings and deliverables from incubators for cultural entrepreneurs. o Collaboration between SENA and HEART/NTA to deliver cultural industries development project for Jamaican Diaspora in San Andres, Colombia.

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A Strategic focus to assist with major projects in the culture & creative industry, e.g. King Street Cultural Street process to begin to declare it a heritage site Kingston Harbour to be promenade to fit into plan for creative/cultural spaces Museum on the North Coast

•Revise JCDC Act – Acquire consultant to implement restructure of organization

FOCUS PUBLIC SECTOR EFFICIENCY/ PRODUCTIVITY

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SHORT TERM GOALS Staff structure – identify gaps in technical expertise that is critical to drive initiatives Optimize staff functions and efficiencies within the Ministry and umbrella agencies Implement performance evaluation job descriptions

Improve communication with a focus on utilizing

Consultant in place to deliver revised Cultural/Creative Industries Policy – a clear policy and vision for Jamaican Culture has begun with focus on developing Brand Jamaica. Collaborations with the Private Sector are underway for the development of Culture and Heritage with the view to establish a music museum on the north coast. Minister Hanna met with over 30 private sector persons on Wednesday, April 4 and has established a smaller committee to prepare a business plan that will capture investment to develop cultural Industries. The Ministry is also in the process of seeking commitments for special projects from the private sector An assessment of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission was completed; the proposed restructuring and refocusing will enable critical strategic objectives to be met more efficiently. See Appendix for more Information Consultant in place to implement upgrade of the institution.

ACHIEVEMENTS A Structural and Strategic Review of the Ministry has begun with a view to implement output focused job descriptions in tandem with performance based evaluations (PMAS). The Ministry of Finance has given approval to employ a Consultant to do JD's as well as Corporate and Operational plans all costed. The consultant will also look at Corporate Structure and make recommendations to Cabinet Office for restructuring. A New Media Consultant is in place to drive communications via new media and a Communication Strategy has


FIRST 100 DAYS REPORT | MINISTRY OF YOUTH & CULTURE | APRIL 9, 2012 and creating the communication necessary to make our youth feel a part of the Ministry and to ensure they are kept aware of all happenings.

FORGING BILATERAL RELATIONS

BOARD APPOINTMENTS

Work with countries that position culture at the forefront of their National Agenda

Submit boards

been developed for the Ministry. Weekly Youth Forums have been convened with various schools and youth serving organisations allowing the Minister to interface directly with young people to present her plan for youth development while taking questions and suggestions. Visited Cuba in February and met with former President, Fidel Castro as well as the present and former Minister of Culture. Talks are currently underway regarding bilateral agreements between Ministries. Appointed Child Development Agency – Adoption Child Development Agency – Advisory Institute of Jamaica Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Museum of History & Ethnography National Library of Jamaica National Youth Service African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica Jamaica National Heritage Trust Submitted to Cabinet National Gallery CPTC National Committee on Reparations To Be Completed Natural History Maxfield Park Junior Centres of East Street, Portmore & Half Way Tree UNESCO

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APPENDIX YOUTH Youth Focus Youth being provided with a range of critical support services which will give them resources to determine the best path for them: A.

Youth Friendly Society

Overall a key objective of the MYC is to create a youth friendly society, to achieve this through a range of programme interventions. Focus on: 1) Youth consultation, engagement and feedback (similar to what you now do in part where you go and talk with them and listen to them) 2) Youth and crime (their rights, how the police them, the implications of how they treat them) 3)

Youth and justice (what are your rights, how they are treated by the system)

4) Youth and health care services (how health care providers treat with them, depression for example is an issue that is ignored, you are young so you cannot be depressed, next thing the young person commits suicide) 5) Youth at the work place (sensitising employers to the reality of a young person entering the workforce for the first time, suggest on the job mentorship, NYS will support this training) 6) Youth and access to post-secondary training (what can you access, what is recognised etc.) B.

Youth Volunteerism ·

To build leadership skills civic pride and responsibility.

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Giving an opportunity to explore career options.

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Giving a sense of ownership.

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Begin the process of networking

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Information to Young Persons

Through YICs or a variation of same ·

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Peer counselling

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Sessions on reproductive and sexual health

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Quarterly workshops around stress management, conflict resolution etc. Support & Opportunity

1) Mentors to support decision making and address issues – the model is not likely to be one on one as there are clear limitations as it relates to finding adequate number of mentors, group mentorship model likely to be used. 2) Access to work experiences which will give them an opportunity to explore career options, in particular in non-traditional areas. a.

For a period of up to 12 months

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Short internships of 3 – 6 months

c.

Apprenticeship – Using current work based model of NYS

d. Work experience through a learn and earn model, in particular for those with financial challenges an opportunity to work while upgrading their basic skills. E.

Youth Entrepreneurship

Repositioning the concept of youth entrepreneurship with a greater focus on value added activities, focus on areas such as culture, IT, tourism as options for entrepreneurship. The Ministry would work with the following to build this out: ·

JBDC for supporting the development of innovative products and services

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RADA for alternative agriculture which fits the profile our young persons.

· The DBJ for providing through existing MFIs finance opportunities for young entrepreneurs which are guided by international best practise. F.

Youth with Disabilities 1) Support efforts to finalise the National Disability Act. Review of the existing Convention to ensure that we are current on all elements in the Convention which relate to young persons. 2) Lobby for support services for young persons to enter tertiary institutions and the workplace. Work with the Minister of Labour and Social Security to explore the Sheltered workshop model.

G.

Most Vulnerable Young persons

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FIRST 100 DAYS REPORT | MINISTRY OF YOUTH & CULTURE | APRIL 9, 2012 Specialised programme building on the lessons from both the YUTE U-Turn Model and earlier NYS experiences.

CULTURE 1. Revision of National Cultural Policy. Work has started on the revision of the National Cultural Policy. Established in 2003, a timeline has been given for completion by June 1012. The revision of the Cultural Policy will provide a framework for the assessment of the achievements of the public cultural sector and set the platform for the work to be done at this stage in our development. 2. Creation of a National Cultural Industries Policy. In spite of the inclusion of Chapters related to Cultural Industries and Cultural Entrepreneurship in the National Cultural Policy, discussions have focused on the need for a Cultural Industries Policy to propel the sector for national economic advantage. A Concept Paper is being prepared and will be brought to Cabinet during April 2012 as the initial activity in the policy development process. 3. Leadership of CARICOM Task Force on Cultural Industries. The MYC continues to provide leadership to the work of this Task Force whose aim is to create a comprehensive Regional Cultural Industries Strategy that will focus on exemptions and incentives, capitalization, capacity building, human resource development, research, regulation and trade negotiations. The MYC led the presentation of the draft document to the Council on Human and Social Development (COHSOD). COHSOD adopted the document, which will next be presented to the Council on Trade and Development (COTED) in May. Consultations on this document were held in Jamaica among the sector representatives. 4. Leadership of Interim Festival Directorate. The next staging of CARIFESTA is scheduled for Suriname in 2013. The MYC is playing a leadership role in the planning process for CARIFESTA as Chair of the Interim Festival Directorate which collaborates with the Host Country to manage the Festival. As such, the Committee met with Suriname during the last COHSOD to discuss ways to ensure that the next staging of CARIFESTA position this mega festival as the Caribbean’s premier marketplace for cultural products and services. 5. Hosting of Visit of the Chongqing Cultural Troupe. The MYC hosted the visit of the aforementioned group within the framework of our cultural cooperation agreement with the People’s Republic of China. This was done through partnership with the Chinese Benevolent Association, the Chinese community, UDC, Bob Marley Museum, Edna Manley College and Jamaica College. The Troupe had three successful presentations: Public Concert at the Chinese Benevolent Association Special Concert for Schools at Jamaica College in the presence of Jamaica College, Kingston College, Jesse Ripoll Primary, Mona High and Papine High. Special Workshop with students of Edna Manley College. 6. Noise Abatement Act & Entertainment Zones. Discussions have begun with the Police, Public Defender and some representatives of urban communities to discuss the way forward for the amendment of the Act. Meetings are being coordinated between the

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MYC and the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment. The MYC has also been examining the Act to assess the possible need for some redrafting. The meetings are being scheduled for April, after which the recommendations will be placed before Cabinet. Tax Reform and the Creative Sector. The MYC held consultations with representatives of the creative sector on the Tax Reform Agenda with a view to develop a policy for cultural industry investments, incentives and an exemptions regime. Consultations, particularly with the Bank of Jamaica, have commenced to assess the contribution of the sector to GDP. The assessment will be submitted to Cabinet. Staging of Reggae Month Celebrations. The MYC provided logistic support for the staging of Reggae Month 2012 as well as secured funding from CHASE for JARIA. Working closely with JARIA, the MYC was able to ensure that the activities were dynamic, properly organized and coordinated. The MYC is in dialogue with JARIA to strengthen the future economic output of the month’s activities. Against this background The MYC participated in the captioned workshop that sought to discuss ways to improve the collection of data on the cultural industries within the Balance of Payments Accounts of countries. The discussion was in recognition of the paucity of statistics on cultural and recreational services in BOP data, which continue to put the sector at a disadvantage in decision-making for macro-economic advancement. Jamaica Day in schools. The MYC partnered with the Culture in Education Programme of the Ministry of Education in the staging of Jamaica Day in schools on February 17. This was an immensely successful activity. The MYC engaged with the following schools: Lewisville High (New Market, St. Elizabeth), Manchester High, Central High (May Pen), Braeton Primary and Junior High, Marcus Garvey Technical and Jonathan Grant High. Accompong Maroon celebrations. The MYC provided logistic support for the staging of this significant activity. The MYC continues to work closely with the Maroon communities to enhance their celebrations for social and economic benefit. Reference has also been made with the JBDC for support in the development of Maroon heritage artefacts. Mounting of Bob Marley Monument at UTECH Sculpture Park. The MYC was part of the process that welcomed the gift of a Bob Marley Monument by a Russian Sculptor to the people of Jamaica. The monument was mounted at the UTECH Sculpture Park and was unveiled by Hon. Minister of Youth and Culture on Bob Marley Day, February 6. Support to Alliance Francaise for the staging of a concert. The MYC through its cultural exchange programme as well as its policy to support the staging of visiting international artists to Jamaica, provided logistic support to the Alliance Francaise in the staging of a concert featuring Fethi Tabet, Algerian-French artist and his band at the Courtleigh Auditorium. The concert was quite successful. Fethi Tabet discussed with the MYC his desire to do future projects in Jamaica, including the use of music in social therapy in prisons and other areas of vulnerability. Support to SAINT International event in Clarendon. The MYC provided logistic support for the first staging of FASHION ESCAPE in May Pen, Clarendon, organized by SAINT International. The MYC was approached by SI and was able to assist in making contacts and providing some technical advice. Labour Day 2012. Initial meetings have begun with the Labour Day Core Committee. The Core Committee has representation from Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Local

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FIRST 100 DAYS REPORT | MINISTRY OF YOUTH & CULTURE | APRIL 9, 2012 Government, SDC, JCDC, JDF, NWA, TPDCO, and Ministry of Transport. The work of the Labour Day Secretariat and Committee will get into high gear during this month of April. 15. Reggae Band to Korea. The CSHARP Band will represent Jamaica at a Latin American and Caribbean Festival in Korea. The Korean Government through its embassy requested the participation of a Reggae band in the mentioned festival. The festival was being organized to recognize 50 years of diplomatic relations between Korea and several countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. Jamaica was among five countries invited to participate. Participation in the festival is covered by the Korean Government. The request was for a band of a maximum of six persons.

JAMAICA CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION Critical Strategic Objectives The proposed restructuring and refocusing of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) over the next three years will involve the following: 1. Amending the current Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s Act of 1968 & 1980 to broaden the mandate of the JCDC with a view of making it more relevant and responsive to the current and foreseeable needs of its critical stakeholders (see full details attached): a. Establish and maintain a national directory/registry of talents and artisans and making the information available for the purpose of research, promotions and advancement of such artistes and artists; b. Develop criteria for the accreditation and endorsement of authentic Jamaican cultural products; c. Encourage and support active Parish Cultural Development Foundations (NGOs) as a vehicle for the development, promotion and preservation of cultural expressions and practices across the island; d. Collaborate with the Ministry of Education in the development of appropriate programmes and initiatives that will encourage the promotion of culture in education throughout the education system.

2. Exploiting and maximizing the economic potentials available through the cultural products we unearth and develop through the: a. Production and sale of CDs & DVDs showcasing the best of each year’s talent festivals;

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FIRST 100 DAYS REPORT | MINISTRY OF YOUTH & CULTURE | APRIL 9, 2012 b. Management and marketing of outstanding talents unearthed through the Festival competitions; c. Offering of items drawn from the Visual Arts competition for sale locally and via the internet; d. Production and Sale of Cookbooks developed from outstanding recipes, from the annual Culinary Arts Competitions.

3. Moving the JCDC towards a position of greater self-sufficiency and financial independence through a structured system of revenue collections resulting in the Commission earning at least 50% of its operating budget by 2015: a. The Commission is authorized to determine and collect fees for the use of any of the country’s national emblems or symbols by private interests for commercial purposes; b. The Commission is authorized to collect fees for the approval, accreditation and or endorsement of any cultural events or products that may require such. Such rates will be determined subject to the approval of the Minister; c. The provision and delivery of first class events management services to the Government as well as to private concerns at competitive rates d. Establishment of Gift Shop catering to walk-in and online customers e. Establish costume rental facilities; f.

Offer events equipment rental;

g. Offer graphic arts design and printing services; h. Rental of advertising space/boards at entertainment venues; i.

Offer advertising opportunities on new website ;

j.

Upgrade and aggressively market the Ranny Williams Entertainment complex;

k.

Partner with Hotels & Duty Free Stores to sell JCDC products (CD’s/clothing /souvenirs).

4. Enhancing the JCDC’s ability to promote and market cultural products consistent with an adherence to global standards: a. Promote ‘Brand Jamaica’ throughout the Jamaican Diaspora and globally; b. Create greater opportunities for talented Jamaicans to achieve optimal exposure both locally and abroad in the pursuit of their careers;

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FIRST 100 DAYS REPORT | MINISTRY OF YOUTH & CULTURE | APRIL 9, 2012 c. Develop mechanisms for the promotion of the Jamaican cultural expressions in international arenas complementing our outstanding world class athletes. For example, having outstanding performers participating in Opening/Closing Ceremonies at World/Olympic games etc.; d. Pursue and promote opportunities that foster cultural exchanges in keeping with international treaties and bilateral agreements.

5. Reengaging and galvanizing the contributions of volunteers in rural communities across the island in programmes using culture as a tool for community and national development: a. Transforming Development

the Parish

Cultural

Foundations

Development

(NGOs)

thereby

Committees into

qualifying

them

to

Cultural attract

international funding; b. Expansion of the Culture Club (in schools) Programme to involve community and youth groups; c. Utilize the arts in a meaningful way to transmit important national messages to the wider community. For example, through ‘Community Drama’.

6. Creating and sustaining meaningful cultural products in conjunction with the Tourism sector, that can enhance tourism and boost economic growth: a. Create professional cultural touring theatre a′ la Cirque Soleil model for local hotel sector, international arts festivals/competitions and big sporting occasions; b. Partner with hotels to strengthen ‘Jamaica Nights’ entertainment; c. Partnering with major hotels to offer Jamaican celebrations using local cultural contents; d. Collaborating with the Cruise Shipping industry in providing lunch hour concerts for its visitors at ports of call. [Similar arrangements would also be made with the two major airports].

7. Developing and strengthening the documentation of our cultural achievements for preservation, educational and marketing purposes:

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FIRST 100 DAYS REPORT | MINISTRY OF YOUTH & CULTURE | APRIL 9, 2012 a. Develop and sustain a unique (niche) cultural archive on Jamaican cultural icons and the Jamaican intangible culture at large; b. Establish a multimedia museum at the (upgraded) Lou & Ranny Entertainment Complex; c. To develop and maintain a centralized database of cultural data and make available for research and development internationally.

8. Empowering the JCDC with regulatory powers and authority in the approval and endorsement of programmes and events labelled as ‘authentic Jamaican cultural products,’ (particularly in the tourism sector) as well as the use of Jamaica’s National Emblems by promoters and individuals, locally and internationally: a. Establish and maintain appropriate protocols for the use of Jamaica’s national emblems; b. Regulate and ‘police’ the use of our emblems; c. Working in conjunction with the other regulatory agencies, such as the Fire Department,

Police,

Parish

Councils

and

the

KSAC,

to

approve

the

appropriateness of cultural programmes and events for the granting of permits.

9. Expanding the Arts Development Programme to attract increased participation particularly in the rural parishes: a. Ensuring that a minimum of 75% of all educational institutions participates in at least two areas of the Arts Development programme; b. Forge strategic alliances with the relevant training institutions to ensure the integration of arts and culture in the education system; c. Enlist the participation of students of the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts in work-study and internship programmes with the JCDC.

10. Ensuring that all anniversaries of national importance (e.g. Independence, Emancipation, Heritage and Workers’ Week) are appropriately celebrated with programmes and events of the highest international standard and quality.

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FIRST 100 DAYS REPORT | MINISTRY OF YOUTH & CULTURE | APRIL 9, 2012 A review of the existing Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Act (1968 & 1980), reveals the need to amend certain sections through expansion and insertion of some clauses as well as the introduction of new provisions. The recommendations are captured in the table below:

Section 4.-(1) FUNCTIONS OF THE COMMISSION

The Commission shall:

a.

b.

c.

d.

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Recommended Amendments (Additions/Changes)

Existing Clause

promote cultural programmes and activities in communities throughout the Island; encourage and organize each year’s independence anniversary celebrations and other celebrations marking occasions of national interest; stimulate the development of local talents by means of training, workshops, competitions, exhibitions, pageants, parades, displays and such other activities as the Commission may from time to time determine;

The Mandate is to be expanded to include: e.

Promote ‘Brand Jamaica’ throughout the Jamaican Diaspora and globally;

f.

Create opportunities for the continued development and promotion of local artistes and cultural practitioners unearthed through the national competitions;

g.

Establish and maintain a national directory/registry of talents and artisans and making the information available for the purpose of research, promotions and advancement of such artistes and artists;

h.

Provide events production and management services to other government agencies, institutions and departments and be the lead agency for all national and commemorative events;

i.

Develop criteria for the accreditation and endorsement of authentic Jamaican cultural products;

j.

Encourage and support active Parish Cultural Development Foundations (NGOs) as a vehicle for the development, promotion and preservation of cultural expressions and practices across the island;

Complement the work of other agencies engaged in the carrying out of community development programmes throughout the Island.


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k.

Collaborate with the Ministry of Education in the development of appropriate programmes and initiatives that will encourage the promotion of culture in education throughout the education system;

l.

Develop and maintain appropriate mechanisms for the protection and proper use of the country’s national symbols such as the Flag, Coat of Arm, Anthem etc.;

m. See to the establishment and maintenance of appropriate space and facilities for the showcasing of local talents across the island;

n.

5. (1)

Funds of the Commission.

The funds of the Commission shall consist of such moneys as may from time to time be placed at its disposition for the purposes of this Act by Parliament and such other moneys as may lawfully be paid to the Commission.

Pursue and promote opportunities that foster cultural exchanges in keeping with international treaties and bilateral agreements;

The Commission is authorized to engage in income earning commercial activities and is allowed to keep and utilize all revenues earned from such activities as it sees fit with the approval of the Minister. The Commission may charge for services offered in the production and management of events for public or private interests at such rates that it may from time to time set and are approved by the Minister. The Commission is authorized to collect fees for the approval, accreditation and or endorsement of any cultural event or products that may require such. Such rates will be determined subject to the approval of the Minister.

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FIRST 100 DAYS REPORT | MINISTRY OF YOUTH & CULTURE | APRIL 9, 2012

The Commission is authorized to determine and collect fees for the use of any of the country’s national emblems or symbols by private interests for commercial purposes.

Schedule10.(1) Power to appoint officers, agents and servants.

The Commission may appoint and employ at such remuneration and on such terms and conditions as it thinks fit, a director, and such other officers, agents, and servants as it thinks necessary for the proper carrying out of its functions: Provided that no director, officer, agent or Servant shall be employed by the Commission at a salary in excess of Three Thousand Dollars per annum without the prior approval of the Minister.

Highlighted section to be changed to read:

“….Provided that no director, officer, agent or servant shall be employed by the commission at a salary in excess of existing comparative rates in the public services…”

NEW RECOMMENDATIONS SUB-HEAD Section10. Compliance and Regulatory Powers and Authority

DETAILS

a) The Commission shall have authority to categorize and determine the appropriateness of authentic Jamaican cultural products for public consumption and may grant or deny approval to all interests that seek or require such determination and/or approval.

b) The Commission shall be entrusted the responsibility to ensure and encourage the proper and appropriate use of Jamaica’s National Emblems. It shall have the right to deny or approve any request for the use of same by private/public or foreign interests whether for commercial or any other purposes.

c) Pursuant to (b) above the Commission shall determine and collect a fee for the provision of such services. Such fees will be reviewed periodically as the Commission sees fit subject to the approval of the Minister.

d) Pursuant to (b) the Commission may level a fine or pursue legal recourse

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FIRST 100 DAYS REPORT | MINISTRY OF YOUTH & CULTURE | APRIL 9, 2012 for any breach committed by anyone in respect of the use, abuse or misuse of any of the National Emblems.

JCDC ACHIEVEMENTS 1. Installation of the new Prime Minister. The JCDC played a major production role in the staging of the installation ceremony for Prime Minister, the Most Honorable Portia Simpson Miller. This was a very successful event with the JCDC providing logistic support. 2. The Visit of the Archbishop of York. The JCDC played a major role in the organization of a national service to commemorate the visit of the Archbishop of York within the framework of our 50th anniversary of Nationhood. The service was held at the Webster Memorial Church. 3. National Festival of the Arts Eliminations. Eliminations have been proceeding across the island in the National Festival of the Arts. This process includes judging at local levels at which point entries are assessed for their readiness and quality for presentation at Parish Finals. 4. Children’s Gospel Song. The finalists in this competition have been selected after rigorous training (seminars and workshops). The Finals will be held on May 20. 5. National Gospel and Festival Song. The ten finalists in each of these competitions have been selected. There were many entries, demonstrating the interest and enthusiasm of the people. The organization is currently in the process of album production. 6. Support for the Visit of Prince Harry. The JCDC was engaged in the implementation of activities related to the visit of Prince Henry (Harry) of Wales and, as such, provided logistic support. The Prince’s visit was in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth the Second. The JCDC assumed control of production and décor for specific activities of the visit. 7. Culture Clubs. The JCDC has been active in establishing Culture Clubs in schools across Jamaica. The aim is to promote greater awareness of Jamaican culture and foster more involvement in the activities of the organization among the school population. The period saw the launch of clubs in Western Jamaica. 8. Major Events for Jamaica 50. The JCDC continued to support the Jamaica 50 Secretariat in the development of activities for the Jamaica 50 Independence Programme. 9. JCDC JEEP Project. The JCDC is to embark on a training and development programme to train 150 young people in events planning and implementation. The plan is for these young people to work with the JCDC staff across the island during the busy Independence period.

JNHT

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FIRST 100 DAYS REPORT | MINISTRY OF YOUTH & CULTURE | APRIL 9, 2012 10. Acquisition of childhood home of Marcus Mosiah Garvey. The JNHT has met with the Attorney General’s Office and the Commissioner of Lands regarding plans to proceed with the compulsory acquisition of the property which served as the childhood home of National Hero, Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey. A Cabinet Note will be prepared indicating the recommendation that the owners of the property be compensated and relocated. 11. Restoration of Seville Great House. The restoration of the Seville Great House is near completion. Work on the exhibition has begun and should be completed by June.

IOJ 12. Acquisitions to the National Collection. A dress worn by Edna Manley has been donated to the National Collection. 13. Jamaica Music Museum Reggae Month Programme. During Reggae Month, the Jamaica Music Museum staged a successful series of lectures titled Groundation. The series included presentations and interviews as well as performances. 14. Barrington Watson Retrospective. The National Gallery has staged this very successful retrospective on Barrington Watson as part of its Jamaica 50 programme. The Retrospective was opened by Hon. Minister Hanna. Barrington Watson was present with members of his family. 15. Donation to the Junior Centre. At the instigation of Judge Pamela Appelt, the Junior Centre received a donation of J$500,000 from Canada to carry on its programmes. 16. Revival Exhibition. The IOJ supported the programme for UTC Week by remounting their Multi-media Exhibition Revival at the Theological College. 17. Presentation on Haiti. Liberty Hall organized a presentation on Haiti: Challenges and Opportunities. This was part of the programme to promote greater awareness of Haiti and engage the Jamaican community in activities to assist the Haitian people. 18. World Wetlands Day. This was observed in a programme at Mason River in Clarendon. Mason River is now recognized internationally as a Ramsar site, i.e. a site deemed of international importance. 19. Jamaica Journal. Volume 33 of the Journal was launched in January.

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Ministry of Youth & Culture First 100 Days Report  

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