Science & Technology Park Readiness Study Being Reviewed

Photo: JIS Photographer Senior Advisor in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Trevor Forrest, addresses St. Joseph’s Teachers’ College’s Research Day on the grounds of the institution in St. Andrew on Thursday (October 5).

Story Highlights

  • Senior Advisor, Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Trevor Forrest, says a feasibility study to determine Jamaica’s readiness for the establishment of a Science and Technology (S&T) Park has been completed and is now being reviewed. Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, made mention of the study in his Sectoral presentation earlier this year.
  • Mr. Forrest, who was speaking on behalf of the Minister at St. Joseph’s Teachers’ College’s Research Day on Thursday (October 5), said such a park would be the first of its kind in Jamaica, providing a space where innovators can meet and formally establish their ideas.
  • He noted that, globally, the establishment of S&T parks has helped to promote innovation-based economic growth. He said they act as a nexus between business and science; play a significant role in knowledge and technology transfer into market; promote and contribute to local and regional economic development; facilitate the emergence of new technology-based companies; and bring together local and international capacities from universities, research and development institutions, start-ups, and corporations, among others. to generate new high value-added products for global consumption.

Senior Advisor, Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Trevor Forrest, says a feasibility study to determine Jamaica’s readiness for the establishment of a Science and Technology (S&T) Park has been completed and is now being reviewed.

Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, made mention of the study in his Sectoral presentation earlier this year.

Mr. Forrest, who was speaking on behalf of the Minister at St. Joseph’s Teachers’ College’s Research Day on Thursday (October 5), said such a park would be the first of its kind in Jamaica, providing a space where innovators can meet and formally establish their ideas.

“In creating a science park, it gives you a place to exercise the innovation in your mind. When you want to meet and collaborate with people who are like-minded, there is somewhere for you to go and do that,” he pointed out.

“What they are geared to do is to create that environment for the innovation to thrive,” he added, noting that Jamaicans are among the most innovative people in the world.

Meanwhile, Mr. Forrest commended St. Joseph’s Teachers’ College on the staging of its Research Day under the theme ‘Reflecting on Education: The Gateway to Self-Actualisation’.

“Research Day is an opportunity for everyone here to collaborate, share ideas and create ways in which you can develop concepts, solutions and products that will help our country grow and establish itself as a leader in the region when it comes to science, technology and innovation,” he noted.

Minister Wheatley, in his Sectoral presentation, explained that the feasibility study would entail an assessment of Jamaica’s industries, technology capabilities and challenges that influence the development of the park.

Further, it will generate relevant documentation that will provide guidance to the Government “to make the next strategic steps to determine the capacity development needed to take place in short order, and position this country to reap the benefits of our scientific and technological capacities for national development”.

He noted that, globally, the establishment of S&T parks has helped to promote innovation-based economic growth.

He said they act as a nexus between business and science; play a significant role in knowledge and technology transfer into market; promote and contribute to local and regional economic development; facilitate the emergence of new technology-based companies; and bring together local and international capacities from universities, research and development institutions, start-ups, and corporations, among others. to generate new high value-added products for global consumption.

JIS Social