Through the Diversity of Cultural Expressions Programmes of the UNESCO, I came across the Technical Assistance in Cultural Governance project that took place in 2012 in Barbados as one of the selected missions. Following three calls for applications by the Programme, Barbados, the City of Buenos Aires, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Niger, the Seychelles and Viet Nam were chosen to benefit from technical assistance missions. The technical assistance missions took place between December 2011 and December 2012. The EU has provided funding for this project that directly implements the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural expressions which it strongly supports.
The specific mission had as a goal to “support the Government of Barbados in developing entrepreneurship strategies and policies in the field of cultural industries”. The results can be found on this link. The selected international expert that undertook the mission was Andrew Senior, of Andrew Senior Associates Ltd who is an expert in the creative economy.
Programmes like these are I guess very helpful in understanding the full potential of a regional sector and I hope that they are further enhanced by assistance from Entrepreneurship Experts in order to empower cultural entrepreneurs to start/pursue their ventures and implement their strategies in a proper business environment.