Sectoral Study of the Creative Industries and Innovation in the Turks and Caicos Islands

OCTA Innovation in collaboration with the Department of Culture, on June 4th – 5th, hosted information gathering sessions with key stakeholders and entrepreneurs within the creative industry sector in the TCI. The sessions were steered by Mr. Jacques Grysole, visiting Consultant of OCTA Innovation and President, Expansion Strategies Inc. a Canada based company.

The aim of the mission was to conduct a sectoral study on Creative Industries and innovation in the Turks and Caicos Islands which included:

  • Scoping and mapping on status and opportunities in the creative industry.
  • Identifying innovative actions which could be implemented in short and medium term to create jobs, to enhance the SME development and to diversify the economy.
  • Pulling out the actors and making synergy of different media and cooperation between content users and content producers.

Topics discussed were:

  • short profile of the industries sectors
  • strengths and weaknesses,
  • innovation opportunities and constraints
  • strategic orientations and
  • proposed action plan.

OCTA Innovation a dedicated project initiated by the Overseas Countries Territories Association with the support of the European Union commenced in April 2014, aims to enhance sustainable development through innovative solutions for economic diversification and to improve regional and global competitiveness of the OCTs. Since the implementation of the project, the TCI has benefited from various technical assistance support, in addition to this TA support to the Department of Culture as steps are taken towards the formalization and recognition of the creative industry sector in the TCI.

Innovation Manager for TCI and VP SME Development, Invest Turks and Caicos, Ms. Alexa Cooper commented; "Being able to secure the Technical Assistance through OCTA Innovation for the Department of Culture was extremely important. It is the first step in helping to identify the current state of the industry, the number of persons involved, the opportunities that exist and charting a way forward for improvements to and further development of the sectors. There are a lot of very creative and talented young minds in the TCI, providing an enabling environment that hone their skills and fosters entrepreneurship can be the catalyst to sustainable growth of another industry in the TCI.” 

Attending Day one session were Hon. Karen Malcolm, Minister for Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services, Permanent Secretary Mr. Wesley Clerveaux, Director of Culture Ms. Ludwina Fulford, Director National Trust Ms. Ethyln Gibbs-Williams, Museum Representative, Mrs. Candianne Williams and Mr. David Bowen, former Director of Culture. Day Two session accommodated the entrepreneurs within the various industry sectors. Participants were Crystal “Tess” Charles, Daphne Forbes, Delphine Scott, Emily Malcolm, Jean Taylor, Easher Parker, Hezron Henry, Andy Williams (DJ Shakes) and David Bowen along with the Department of Culture Director and staff.

Commenting on the session Hon. Karen Malcolm stated; “I am extremely pleased that we were able to partner with OCTA Innovation to meet with and discuss matters to move the Creative Industry along.  The discussions have been very robust and have brought a number of challenges being faced to light but we were also able to come up with several solutions that will help to put our artisan community in a much better standing.  We recognize that for some time now, not enough attention has been placed on this industry. However, we are renewing our commitment to providing the necessary support by way of the Department of Culture and other such stakeholders.“

The creative industry covers sectors such as; Heritage, Museums, Theatres, Music, Fashion, Design, Film, television and radio, Interactive digital media (IDM), Books, Print Media, Digital Publishing and Literature, Advertising, Culinary, Local and traditional Crafts, Festivals.




A team from the Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Heritage, Maritime and Gaming led by Minister Ralph Higgs returned to the TCI last weekend after attending the annual Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Caribbean Week’s activities in New York on 4th -8th June 2018. The delegation consisted of Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Cherylann Jones, Director of Tourism, Mr. Ramon Andrews, Chairman of the Tourist Board, Mr. Norman Hamilton, Head of Secretariat Mrs. Mellisa Ariza and Receptionist Mrs. Brenda Jones.

This annual event is hosted by the CTO and provides the opportunity for member countries to showcase the authenticity of their destination, through food, music and many other cultural expressions. This year’s theme was keeping in line with the 2018 year of Wellness and Rejuvenation in the Caribbean.

The theme was incorporated into many aspects of the events including a trade show and educational forum on how to sell the Caribbean as a wellness destination. The Caribbean Marketing Conference comprised of formal presentations by leading speakers in the industry, topics ranged from how lucrative is the wellness market, the rejuvenation of the Caribbean Brand amongst others.

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Ralph Higgs stated; “It is always rewarding to participate in the CTO’s Caribbean week activities, it is the ideal platform for the Ministry to secure and maintain linkages with key partners. Similarly, it is critical as region leaders in Tourism to be able to connect in this way, to discuss trending issues, successes and challenges faced and to share best practices with our counterparts.”

The team took in several sessions, including performances by local chefs in the highly anticipated Rum & Rhythm event where persons enjoyed authentic Caribbean entertainment and cuisine provided by the region’s best. The event is held in support of a scholarship program for Caribbean nationals pursuing studies in tourism, hospitality and language training. Interested persons may visit the official website of the CTO for details on scholarship opportunities at


The Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Service would like to extend our sincere congratulations to all four (4) of our returning medical doctors after the completion of studies at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and Trinidad.  Congratulations is extended to Dr. Tayla Greene, Dr. Jakera Jean Joseph,  Dr. Royelle Robinson and Dr. Raven Saunders at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus Jamaica of whom have successfully completed their studies in the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Degree Programme.

The Ministry would also like to salute Dr. Gene Chibu Otuonye who completed his (MBBS) programme followed by his one-year internship in 2016 and is currently undergoing his specialty training in New Jersey.

The MBBS Degree Programme is a medical undergraduate programme providing a board education for the study of health and disease.  In addition to medical training, students experience university life and the beginnings of professional development in preparation for a career in Medicine.

The award of the UWI medical degree entitles graduates to be registered with the medical councils of the English speaking Caribbean for internship and for later independent practice or specialist training.

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government a contributing territory with the University of the West Indies enjoys the privilege of economic cost in sponsoring our scholarship recipients to any of the University of the West Indies campuses. The University of the West Indies is one of the Ministry of Education regional institutions on our recommended list.

It is indeed a culmination with great pride that these Graduates and their parents must feel in their children finally accomplishing this honour which Graduates, and their parents had envisioned for a long time.

The Minister of Education, Hon. Karen Malcolm expresses her delight and profound joy for these young persons of the soil of whom has done their country, parents and family proud.  She stated that; “It gives me great pride when our young people dare to dream and recognizes that dreams can come through with hard work, dedication, determination and discipline and today we salute our medical graduates.”

The Pledge Ceremony was held Wednesday, June 13, 2018 with the official 2018 Graduation Ceremony to commence in November of this year at the Mona Campus in Jamaica.