“The creative and cultural industries are emerging as a critical engine of growth and development.”
Finance Minister, Colm Imbert during the 2020/2021 Budget presentation said in the Creative and Cultural Industries the current pandemic and its impact on these industries have been unquestionable.
He said this sector will be among the last to re-open fully.
These industries include persons in the fields of music, film, dance and theatre, heritage, literature publishing, festivals and broadcasting.
Minister Imbert said the government in an effort to soften the blow from the Coronavirus; income relief of $5,000 under the Salary Relief Grant and Income Support Grant Programmes will be extended to December 2020 for workers in this industry.
Minister Imbert said “the economic and employment-creating potential of the creative and cultural industries will be unlocked in a measured and consistent manner.”
This he said will be done through providing support to artistes; promoting support for intellectual property protection; establishing a local content guideline for local media houses and providing local and foreign training opportunities which will include partnering with tertiary training institutions.
Minister Imbert also said “marketing Trinidad and Tobago as an arena for international film productions will be on going in addition to expanding the local fashion industry.”