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In November 2018, the Norwegian Copyright Development Association (NORCODE), in cooperation with the Caribbean community (CARICOM), organised their first regional training program on collective management of rights in the digital environment for representatives of CMOs from 10 countries and territories in the Caribbean.
The training took place in Bridgetown, Barbados, and among the 16 participants were representatives of IFRRO’s members in Belize (Felene Cayetano from BECLA), Jamaica (Philippa Davis from JAMCOPY) and Mexico (Antonio Gebara Saldivar, CeMPro). The discussions were moderated by Tarja Koskinen-Olsson. The program was tailored to experienced staff of CMOs, with the objective of enabling them to build on and to grow the existing capacity of their organisations. The program had a particular focus on the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital environment. Over the next six months the participants will continue to work on their individual study projects with the assistance and support of mentors, including some drawn from the IFRRO community.
At the end of the program, the participants agreed to continue to share experience and knowledge. Existing members of CARROSA (Caribbean Reprographic Rights Organisations’ Agency) agreed to continue to collaborate through CARROSA and also to include additional countries in the organization as the regional organisation grew and developed. Participants also agreed to work with their copyright offices to continue to build copyright awareness amongst the public, users and rightsholders in the Caribbean.