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Our other oil: How the T&T economy can benefit from arts and culture

By Martin G Daly -- Wired 868

The proceeds of our oil and gas production are no longer sustaining the high life.  As they say in Grenada, “the money can’t reach.” For decades there has much talk about diversification of the economy, but no action.

This is a pity because we have other oil.

Photo: The All Stars perform at the 2016 Panorama semifinals. (Courtesy Maria Nunes/Wired868)

Photo: The All Stars perform at the 2016 Panorama semifinals.
(Courtesy Maria Nunes/Wired868)

I refer to the arts and culture sector. This is our other oil. Sadly, the sector has been ritualistically bragged about but never brought mainstream into our economic life.

Suddenly, there is a belief that we can immediately put our other oil into production but do we have a marketable product? If persons hear a pan side playing in a square abroad, where do they go or what do they do to plan an art and culture tourism visit to Trinidad?

If they get here, what do we have readily available to show them?

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A very well explanation and description of the viability of resource and pr
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A very well explained and description of the viable resource and present day thinking to encourage the art and culture

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