Title: Editorial : Hosting CARIFESTA X
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/CA00100663/00001
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Title: Editorial : Hosting CARIFESTA X
Physical Description: Newspaper editorial
Language: English
Publisher: Stabroek Business, Friday, 15 August 2008, page 2B
Publication Date: 2008
Subject: Caribbean
Economic and Social Development
Cultural Industry
Abstract: Article focuses on the need for Guyana to be "good host" inspite of prevailing economic conditions; lists the many benefits the festival can create including reminding the region of its collective and Guyana's economic potential; accelerated intra-regional investment including investment in the growth and preservation of the region's culture. Also expresses the hope that there is a commitment by the business community in the region to the establishment of one or more publishing houses.
Funding: Digitized with funding from the Digital Library of the Caribbean grant awarded by TICFIA.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00100663
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA X 2008

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Page 2B STABROEK BUSINESS, Friday, August 15, 2008


Carifesta X

An article written by one of the contributors to a
special Carifesta issue of the Guyana Review -
which will be published a few days before the start
of the event makes the point that Guyana's pre-
vailing social, economic and political difficulties
ought not to preclude us from being good hosts to
what the celebrated Barbadian novelist George
Lamming described recently as "one of the most
profoundly political events this region continues to
celebrate." Lamming was, of course, placing
Carifesta alongside the various other abortive
attempts at unifying the Caribbean undertaken for
more than half a century. Carifesta at least, along-
side cricket, serves as an important if periodic
reminder of the dream of Caribbean integration.
These are hard times for Guyana as they are for
the rest of the region and we are constantly remind-
ed except, of course, for one particular exception
in Caricom that we cannot control the price of oil
nor, for that matter, do we have control over the
quotas that are imposed on our exports to metro-
politan countries.
And yet we have every right and every reason
to continue to believe that an event like Carifesta
can help to fashion the economic integration that
we have talked about for so many decades and
which, it appears, is even now, being contemplated
with renewed interest by sheer force of circum-
Those circumstances are, of course, the conse-
quence of rising global food prices which have
spawned emergency measures in the region to pur-
sue a collective revival of Caribbean agriculture.
One of the things that Carifesta X can and
should do is to remind the entire region of our col-
lective economic potential. Those who come here
from across the Caribbean will, we hope, get an
opportunity to come to a more refined understand-
ing of Guyana's economic potential, in areas like
agriculture, agro-processing, mining, and jewellery
production and hopefully, those experiences will
not only create a greater appreciation of the value
of intra-regional trade but will also generate ideas
that will lead to an acceleration of intra-regional
investment including investment in the growth and
preservation of the region's culture.
In this regard what comes readily to mind is the
paucity of opportunity for publishing the region's
creative works right here in the Caribbean, a weak-
ness that coincides with a surfeit of literary talent
that continues to be concealed by circumstances. It
would do the region a power of good, for example if,
arising out of Carifesta X, we could see a commit-
ment by the region's business community to the
creation of one or more publishing houses that
could begin to bring to the attention of the
Caribbean people a measure of their literary tal-
There is more that Carifesta can do. The careful
international promotion of this grand multi-cultur-
al meeting in a single space through a carefully pre-
pared and skilfully presented programme can pro-
vide a distinctive marketing opportunity for the
region that can significantly boost its tourism

potential, In this regard, it is significant that the partic-
ipants in Carifesta X include extra-regional contingents
as well as Caribbean people from the diaspora who can
play an important role in marketing our region in the
places where they reside.
Viewed against this backdrop, the hosting of
Carifesta X by Guyana, the prevailing difficult circum-
stances notwithstanding, should be seen as an invest-
ment in the social, economic and cultural advancement
of both Guyana and the rest of the region and even if
the difficulties will be there for all to see, we are
inclined to believe that if the organizers focus fixedly on
the spirit of the Festival and what it seeks to accomplish
the -iarts and pimples' of our prevailing difficulties
.,ill he overlooked.

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