Launch of the Sectoral Innovation Mapping of the Animation Industry in Trinidad and Tobago

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July 25, 2016: Sectoral Innovation Mapping commonly known as SIM is not a new research tool. Internationally, SIMS have been used in developed and developing countries not only to uncover the challenges to innovation but also to highlight the intensity and types of interactions linking the actors in the specific industry under review. A SIM study is based on the premise that strengthening the role and linkages among actors will positively influence the performance and competitiveness of innovative firms.

The research approach for the SIM is inclusive, involving extensive consultation with a significant sample of stakeholders in industry. Specifically for the Animation SIM, the methods deployed for collecting data included both preliminary and primary research particularly a review of the available and accessible literature on the sector, the conduct of one-on-one interviews with public and private sectors stakeholders, as well as, academia, discussions via telephone, the exchange of electronic correspondence and networking at Animation industry events.

The findings of these micro-level studies add to the national research resource pool. The results help to inform and support evidence based decision-making. In light of the current state of the economy, it is anticipated that the SIMS will support the government’s move to aggressively diversify the economy of Trinidad and Tobago.

Under the auspices of the Honourable Minister of Education, Mr. Anthony Garcia of the Ministry of Education, the Policy, Research and Intelligence Department of NIHERST is pleased to launch the SIM findings of the Animation Industry in Trinidad and Tobago. The media is cordially invited to cover the launch set for 9:00 a.m. on Friday 29th July, 2016 at the Belmont Salon of the Trinidad Hilton and Conference Centre. Minister Garcia will deliver the keynote address. For more information please contact the Policy, Research and Intelligence Department at 663-6130/ or the Marketing and Communication Dept. at 758-3381.


NIHERST is a statutory body established in 1984 to promote science, technology and higher education in Trinidad and Tobago consistent with national development goals. Its current work focuses on the development of a more diversified, knowledge-driven economy, based on the ingenuity of our people and their ability to create, adapt and use science and technology for wealth generation and national development. Many of its programmes aim to strengthen the innovative, creative and entrepreneurial capabilities of the general population. NIHERST is also engaged in research, such as in foresight and innovation, to support economic diversification; promoting innovation and the commercialisation of technology in priority sectors; and building global partnerships.



For more information please contact:
National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology
# 8 Serpentine Road, St. Clair, Port-of-Spain
Office: 868 622 7505 Ext 3314 | Mobile: 868 758 3381 | Fax: 868 628 9689

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