IDB bat­ting for an­i­ma­tion in­dus­try

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Okoye Henry Gleaner Writer okoye.henry@glean­erjm.com

WEST­ERN BUREAU: THERESE TURNER-JONES, gen­eral man­ager of the In­terAmer­ica De­vel­op­ment Bank’s (IDB) Coun­try Depart­ment Caribbean Group, has said Ja­maica and the rest of the Caribbean should get ready to seize the op­por­tu­ni­ties of wealth gen­er­a­tion and eco­nomic growth that should come from the an­i­ma­tion in­dus­try, which is now emerg­ing in the re­gion.

Speak­ing at the re­cent of­fi­cial open­ing of the ‘Caribbean in Mo­tion’ an­i­ma­tion ex­hibit, which is now on dis­play at the Na­tional Gallery West in Mon­tego Bay, Turner-Jones ex­plained that the cre­ative in­dus­tries, which en­com­passes a blend of arts, cul­ture, busi­ness and tech­nol­ogy, ac­counted for $6.45 tril­lion of global gross do­mes­tic prod­uct (GDP) in 2014.

OR­ANGE ECON­OMY

“These in­dus­tries, which in­clude film, an­i­ma­tion, graphic de­sign, tele­vi­sion, art mu­se­ums, and much more, are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly recog­nised for driv­ing eco­nomic growth and in­no­va­tive think­ing in so­ci­ety,” said Turner-Jones.

“The In­ter-Amer­i­can De­vel­op­ment Bank has been work­ing to sup­port the ‘Or­ange Econ­omy’, as we call it, in Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean since 2014. The IDB has also worked to up­date the in­dus­try’s reg­u­la­tory frame­work, in­crease tech­ni­cal train­ing and up­grade ex­ist­ing tech­nol­ogy,” added Turner-Jones.

In the case of Ja­maica, Turner-Jones said the IDB is ex­cited about the part­ner­ship with the Na­tional Gallery of Ja­maica to ex­hibit the work cur­rently on dis­play at Na­tional Gallery West, which fea­tures the work of young, tal­ented an­i­ma­tors from across the Caribbean.

“Such an en­deav­our gives voice to and chan­nels the pas­sion of our peo­ple while of­fer­ing a new path to grow and in­te­grate with the wider world. We (the IDB) look for­ward to cre­at­ing more part­ner­ship to seize the growth po­ten­tial other or­ange econ­omy for the re­gion,” noted Turner-Jones.

‘Caribbean in Mo­tion’ will be on view at the Na­tional Gallery West from Oc­to­ber 2 to Novem­ber 20. It fea­tures 10 an­i­ma­tion works by artists from Ja­maica, The Ba­hamas and Trinidad and Tobago.

“There is a lot to be en­joyed in this ex­hi­bi­tion and there is some­thing for ev­ery­body, from peo­ple who have a taste for fine arts to those who just love an­i­ma­tion,” said Dr Veerle Poup­eye, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Na­tional Gallery Ja­maica.

Such an en­deav­our gives voice to and chan­nels the pas­sion of our peo­ple while of­fer­ing a new path to grow and in­te­grate with the wider world.

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