Ministry of Culture, Gender,
Entertainment and Sport

Government of Jamaica
Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport - Agencies that falls under the ministry


Cinematograph Authority
Cinematograph Authority 

Creative Production and Training Centre (CPTC)
Welcome to the world of the Creative Production and Training Centre, CPTC. Since 1984, we have proudly delivered on our mandate to record, archive and promote diverse expressions of Jamaica’s indigenous culture. In less than thirty years, the CPTC has produced over fifteen hundred hours of programming ranging from documentaries, interviews, educational features, dramatic, entertainment and cultural packages. Perennial favourites like Hill an’ Gully Ride (1988) and Rappin’ (1988), are joined by new innovative programmes ‘Jamaica Beat’ (2012) and our tribute to Jamaica’s 50th anniversary celebrations,‘This Week in 1962’ (2012); with more new projects expected to be implemented 2012 — 2014. CPTC’s cultural content programmes can be seen on local free to air and cable stations, as well as on own internet site.

Entertainment Advisory Board
Entertainment Advisory Board 

Independence Park Ltd (IPL)
Independence Park Ltd (IPL) 

Institute of Jamaica (IOJ)
The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) was established in 1879 by Sir Anthony Musgrave, the then Governor of Jamaica to preserve the country’s tangible and intangible heritage. It is an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture  and is located at 10-16 East Street Kingston.

With its mandate, “For the Encouragement of Literature, Science and Art in Jamaica “, the IOJ is known for establishing and managing museums and galleries for the collection, preservation and display of artefacts and art treasures as well as bringing awareness of Jamaica’s rich and diverse heritage. The Mission and Vision statements of the IOJ further support this mandate.

Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)
Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) 

Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO)

The Government of Jamaica adopted the World Anti-Doping Programme and the World Anti-Doping Code on November 17, 2003. Following this, Jamaica became the 97th signatory state to the Copenhagen Declaration on Anti-Doping in Sport on February 10, 2004.

After this historic signing, an interim committee was created and the work of the anti-doping programme operated as a project under the Ministry of Sports. The primary responsibilities of the committee were to develop the anti-doping in sport policy framework and to ensure the finalisation of the drafting of the Anti-Doping in Sport Act.

Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC)

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is a dynamic cultural agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture. With a strong ‘Brand Jamaica’ flair and vibrancy, it has positively shaped the image of Jamaica by producing a sea of world class arts luminaries who continue to wow the international scene with their unmatched creativity and artistic prowess. Globalization has presented tremendous opportunities for its continued growth and development through strategic alliances, interplay with cultures and through the utilization of information communication technology modalities.

Being a thriving cultural force that develops, promotes, and preserves the creative talents of many Jamaicans, JCDC also has the formidable task of keeping alive the amazing intangible heritage of Jamaica that defines the core and ethos of Jamaica’s nationhood.

Jamaica National Heritage Trust

It was early in the 1900s that the (governor Sir Sidney Olivier, requested Frank Cundall, Secretary of the Institute of Jamaica, to prepare a list of historic sites, buildings and monuments in each parish. He was to state in each case the nature of its interest and the name of the owner. This was prepared with the assistance of local officers of the medical, police and public works department, the Collectors of Taxes and the Parochial Board and some private individuals. At the direction of the Governor the list was published in the supplement of the Jamaica Gazette December 1909.

In his comments which accompanied the list, Mr. Cundall expressed the hope that this may be the means of steps being taken to preserve old buildings and other monuments from \'decay and the hand of man\', and that in the case of private properties owners would be induced to take better care of their buildings. The list was incorporated as part of a report dealing with the preservation of historic sites and ancient monuments in the West Indian Colonies presented to the British Parliament.

National Commission on Reparations
The National Commission on Reparations was established by the Government of Jamaica in 2009 to recommend the form or forms which reparations may take, and to receive testimony from the public and from experts, with the aim of guiding a national approach to reparations.\r\n\r\nThe Commission, which was initially launched under the leadership of the late Professor Barry Chavannes, has been mandated to advise the Government on the case for reparation and to examine some types of compensation for past injustices suffered by the descendants of slaves in Jamaica.

National Library of Jamaica
The National Library of Jamaica was established in 1979 under the Institute of Jamaica Act of 1978. It originated from the collection of the West India Reference Library (WIRL) which was founded in 1894 as a section of the Public Library of the Institute of Jamaica. This public library was the first of its kind in Jamaica. It began operations in 1879 when the Institute of Jamaica was established for the encouragement of literature, science and art. The West India Reference Library began as a small collection of Jamaican and West Indian books, under the guidance of Frank Cundall, the Secretary/Librarian of the Institute from 1891 until his death in 1937. It developed into a comprehensive collection, rich in primary source materials covering all aspects of Caribbean life and society. WIRL formed the nucleus of the National Library.

Sports Development Foundation (SDF)

The Sports Development Foundation which commenced operations in 1995 was established as an independent body to contribute to the development of our nation through sports.

It is well established that sports (and its promotion as entertainment) has emerged as a large global industry driving other economic activities such as travel and hospitality, manufacturing, marketing, construction, media, health and personal care. Jamaica, however, has been relatively late in recognizing the potential of our sporting prowess as a major income generator for both the individuals and the nation.


In 1945,UNESCO was created in order to respond to the firm belief of nations, forged by two world wars in less than a generation, that political and economic agreements are not enough to build a lasting peace. Peace must be established on the basis of humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity.

UNESCO strives to build networks among nations that enable this kind of solidarity, by:

  • Mobilizing for education: so that every child, boy or girl, has access to quality education as a fundamental human right and as a prerequisite for human development.
  • Building intercultural understanding: through protection of heritage and support for cultural diversity. UNESCO created the idea of World Heritage to protect sites of outstanding universal value.
  • Pursuing scientific cooperation: such as early warning systems for tsunamis or trans-boundary water management agreements, to strengthen ties between nations and societies.
  • Protecting freedom of expression: an essential condition for democracy, development and human dignity.

Women’s Center of Jamaica Foundation
Women’s Center of Jamaica Foundation