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  • For the next 50 years, the JIS will seek to maintain its high standard
  • The JIS in the future will seek to interact more with the Diaspora
  • The Jamaica Information Service is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year

Chairman of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Advisory Board, Fae Ellington, says that for the next 50 years, the agency will seek to maintain its high standard, as it disseminates information that will enhance public awareness and increase knowledge of the policies and programmes of Government.

“The work of the JIS going forward in the next 50 years is to keep that high standard or even rise above it and the team is prepared to work to raise the standard,” Miss Ellington said.

She was speaking with members of a Botswana delegation on Friday, September 20, during a luncheon, held at the Alhambra Inn, Tucker Avenue, in Kingston.

The members include: Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of State President, Botswana, Mogomotsi Kaboeamodimo; Director, Information Services Department, Russ Molosiwa; Managing Editor, Botswana Daily News, Charmaine Revaka; Chief Information Officer, Daphne Motsakae, and Manager, Radio,  Keitirile Mathapi.

They are in the island on a communication benchmarking visit with the JIS. The members will depart on September 23.

Miss Ellington noted that even though there are challenges, the agency “does not allow the challenges to prevent them from doing their work to the highest standard possible.”

She further added that the JIS in the future will seek to interact more with the Diaspora, wherever they may be.  “It is important that we serve them as well,” Miss Ellington said.

The Jamaica Information Service is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and several activities have been planned  to celebrate the milestone.

For his part, Mr. Kaboeamodimo said the delegation has been impressed with the way the JIS utilises its resources. He also expressed his admiration for the relationship that exists between the JIS and the private media.

The delegation also visited the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.

The group was exposed to the offerings provided by CARIMAC as well as given the opportunity to view the radio and television departments. The members also had the opportunity to share information about their work with students at the institution.

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