Jamaica is poised to become an animation hub, having earned more than $100 billion US in revenue in 2012. (Google Images)
Jamaica is poised to become an animation hub, having earned more than $100 billion US in revenue in 2012. (Google Images)

Caribbean 360 is reporting that Jamaica is poised to become a new animation hub.  The World Bank is partnering with the Government of Jamaica, the Government of Canada, JAMPRO and Toon Boom, Inc. to host a two-day conference, dubbed “KingstOON” at the University of the West Indies (UWI Mona) in an effort to position Jamaica as an animation hub. In addition to the World Bank, other leading Jamaican universities and training programs, like the University of Technology (UTECH) and The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts are participating in the conference.

The author writes:

“The World Bank said KingstOON brings together international and Jamaican industry leaders, universities, businesses, government officials, animation professionals and amateurs, students, and young dreamers with the aim of showcasing Jamaica’s growing crop of local animators and visual artists.

Jamaica has a huge asset in its talented youth,’ said Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, World Bank Director for Sustainable Development in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. Through partnerships with educational institutions and the private sector, Jamaica can create the right conditions to tap into the global animation industry and become a new hub, creating thousands of jobs,’ he added.”

In 2012, Jamaica’s animation industry generated more than $100 billion (U.S.) in revenue globally.

Read more at Caribbean 360.

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