A Memorandum of Understanding on Cultural Exchange between the governments of Jamaica and India are in the final stages of drafting, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has announced.
The MOU will facilitate cultural exchanges in the areas of music, dance, theatre, art exhibitions, archaeology, archiving, museums, literature, festivals and youth programs.
The announcement was made by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Dezil Thorpe who was speaking on behalf of Minister Olivia Grange at the Indian Council for Cultural Relations Foundation Day Program at the Indian High Commission in Kingston on Tuesday April 9.
He said the government was looking forward to signing the MOU which will run from 2019 to 2024 and that it will strengthen the already rich cultural ties between the two countries.
Indian High Commissioner to Jamaica Sevala Naik said the spirit of cooperation on cultural matters was very high and the similarities in aspects of the culture of both countries made the relationship quite easy and fruitful.
The event was attended by members of the Diplomatic Corps serving in Jamaica and members and stakeholders in the Indian community in Jamaica.
A photo exhibition displaying images of iconic places in India was opened and the evening closed with a kaleidoscope of colour and movements as several groups of Indian children performed a range of dance pieces showing the diversity of the country’s culture.