Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has underscored the importance of creating new innovative businesses, saying they will assist in growing Barbados’ economy. The 2018 SDG Index and Dashboards report presents a revised and updated assessment of countries’ distance to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). World Bank data on social and economic indicators. The Caribbean Development Bank announces new fund to sponsor cultural and creative industries in the region. The Barbados Investment and Development Corporation offers an Innovation Support Programme, which provides assistance for the development, intellectual property protection and commercialisation of any new product ideas.