The sensitization workshop on the issue of combating illicit trafficking of cultural properties was held in Kingston and was organized by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO. Addressing the opening of the workshop, the Honourable Olivia Grange, said the Government would be moving to amend legislation as well as ratify international Conventions as part of a coordinated response to the theft and export of invaluable cultural artefacts which belong to the people of Jamaica. Minister Grange said it was critical that key stakeholders, including customs agents, members of the security forces, cultural regulators and practitioners, as well as collectors are engaged in efforts to protect Jamaica’s material cultural heritage both inside and outside of the borders. Participants (over 40) of the first sensitization workshop included representatives of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Jamaica National Heritage Trust, various Museums, Galleries, Archives and Libraries of Jamaica, Universities and research institutions, as well as the INTERPOL Kingston, Constabulary Force, Trade Board, Customs Agency, Attorney General, Intellectual Property Office. Sub-regional perspective had been brought by Mr. Kevin Farmer, Deputy Director of Barbados Museum & Historical Society.
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