From left: Carlos James, Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Sustainable Development and Culture and Héctor Faya, Director of Latin America Policy Programs and Government Outreach at META (Facebook),
Press Release
July 12, 2022
SVG collaborates with OAS and META to host Emerging Technologies Webinar for Creatives

St Vincent and the Grenadines will host its first webinar on Digital Transformation and Emerging Technologies for stakeholders in the Cultural and Creative Industry, dubbed ‘Unlocking the Metaverse’.

The one-day webinar, a collaboration with the Organization of American States (OAS) and META (Facebook) will provide a forum for Vincentian creatives to acquire knowledge on the use of emerging technologies as a revenue generating platform for their products and services, a release from the Ministry of Tourism said.

The webinar will be held on Thursday, July 14, 2022 from 10 am to 1 pm at the National Insurance Services Conference Room. The initiative is part of the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Sustainable Development and Culture’s efforts to provide sensitisation, training and alternative source markets for creatives to boost their revenue streams.

According to Minister of Culture Carlos James, the ministry is grateful for the support of the OAS and META in facilitating this webinar.

“It is the first time we have META, the owners of Facebook, partnering with an OECS country in such an exercise. There are substantial benefits to be derived from the positive utilisation of these emerging technologies. We are pleased to provide this opportunity for stakeholders and it augers well for the strategic development of the Creative Industry,” James said.

Among the international speakers due to address the participants at the webinar are Héctor Faya, Director of Latin America Policy Programs and Government Outreach at META (Facebook), as well as Dr. Ignacio De Leon – CEO Kozolshyk National Law Center, University of Arizona.

The Organization of American States (OAS) in alliance with META, through the OAS Youth Academy on Transformative Technologies of the Americas aim to train more than 10,000 creators through online courses in Augmented Reality (AR). This is the first step towards bringing the metaverse to Latin America and the Caribbean, and the opening of a gateway to economic opportunities in 35 countries of the region through this venture.