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Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Holness, looks at the main generator transformer during a tour of the new US$330-million Jamaica Public Service (JPS) 190-megawatt (MW) power plant being built in Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine. Looking on are JPS President and Chief Executive Officer, Emanuel DaRosa (left), and Senior Project Director, Timothy Lamb.
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Story Highlights

  • The Government, in 2018, launched a US$4-million Energy Management and Efficiency Programme designed to cut US$6 million per annum in expenditure on energy consumption, and reduce the country’s carbon footprint.
  • • The phased roll-out of the project, which runs until 2023, entails installation of energy-efficient equipment and technology at 80 health and educational entities.
  • • It will target improvement in the Kingston Metropolitan Region (KMR) traffic management system to reduce travel time by approximately 35 per cent, resulting in lower fuel consumption.

The Government, in 2018, launched a US$4-million Energy Management and Efficiency Programme designed to cut US$6 million per annum in expenditure on energy consumption, and reduce the country’s carbon footprint.

• The phased roll-out of the project, which runs until 2023, entails installation of energy-efficient equipment and technology at 80 health and educational entities.

• It will target improvement in the Kingston Metropolitan Region (KMR) traffic management system to reduce travel time by approximately 35 per cent, resulting in lower fuel consumption.

• An energy efficiency and Conservation (EEC) Standards Guide was launched by Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) to ensure responsible energy use at Government facilities.

• Bureau of Standards Jamaica launched new standards for electrical appliances.

• Wigton Windfarm provided renewable energy training in photovoltaics and biogas energy.

 

Spectrum Management Authority (SMA)

• Reduced the processing times for licences by 20 per cent.

• Procured and implemented drone technology to enhance monitoring capabilities.

• Implemented and upgraded two spectrum monitoring sites, one in New Hope, St. Ann and the other in Albion, St. James.

• Implemented a Grid-Tied Solar Project, which has resulted in energy savings of approximately 40 per cent.

• Provided a Type Approval search engine to link the Automated Spectrum Management System (ASMS) licensing application to allow for online payments.

• Renewed 280 SMA licences. e-GOV Jamaica Limited
• Launched the Agile Centre of Excellence and Innovation Hub to develop innovative solutions that address problems faced by government entities in serving citizens and businesses.

• Enhancements made to the Licence Management Information System (LMIS) Desktop System, which is used by the Transport Authority to manage the issuance of licences to operate public passenger vehicles.

• Developed prototypes for the Government of Jamaica Mobile Applications, including for the Tax Administration of Jamaica (TAJ), to allow for motor vehicle registration. A prototype for an e-Participation Platform was also developed.

• Connected the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) and the Central Treasury Management System (CTMS) and the Security Strengthening Programme to the National Works Agency (NWA) fibre-optic network.

• The Government’s communication network, GovNet was launched to improve overall telecommunications and transaction costs associated with the provision of public services and information, and improve communications across ministries, departments and agencies.

Universal Service Fund

• Twenty-one Community Access Points (CAPS) completed.

• The training component of the Technology Advancement Programme (TAP) was executed, with 94 per cent of the trainees successfully placed in jobs within the public and private sectors.

• Community Access Point opened in Thompson Town on March 16.

 

Strides in Research and Innovation

 

Scientific Research Council (SRC)

• The Scientific Research Council launched the first science and technology Business Incubator in the Caribbean.

• Trained 400 entrepreneurs across four countries.

• Hosted boot camps for entrepreneurs in Trinidad, St. Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, and St. Lucia.

• Provided support to 22 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the manufacturing and processing industry.

• Offered consultancy service in Good Manufacturing Practice/Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (GMP/HACCP).

• Completed all waste treatment systems under the Ministry of Health contract.

• Conducted seven training sessions in food and meat processing.
• Provided support to SMEs in the agro sector.

• Executed the 2018 National Science and Technology Fair and two summer camps.

• Advanced work on nine research projects to support the growth of the nutraceuticals industry.

• Identified two new value-added products for development.

• Opened the Science Resource Centre & Innovation Laboratory at SRC to cater to climate-saving start-ups from across the region in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable agribusiness, water/waste management and resource use efficiency.

• Hosted the National Medal for Science, Technology and Innovation Awards in collaboration with the Ministry of Science and Technology and NCST.

Government committed to research and development.

 

 

National Commission on Science and Technology

• Coordinated research services agreement between the National Health Fund (NHF) and the Jamaican Medical Cannabis Corporation (JMCC).

• The JMCC has committed to a capped investment in research and development in the amount of US$2 million over 10 years in ganja research and development.

• Joint research commenced between Jamaica and South African researchers in indigenous knowledge systems and water.

• Draft science, technology and innovation policy placed before Cabinet in February.

 

 

e-Learning Jamaica Company Limited

• 58,862 persons benefited from client support and teacher training in Phase 1 institutions of the Tablets in Schools (TIS) Project.

• Tablet content approved, suppliers selected, teachers trained and schools upgraded for full roll-out of the TIS Project.

• Schools facilities upgraded to operate and secure the technology to be provided by the project

• ICT training for approximately 3,500 teachers

 

Post and Telecommunications Department
• Developed an e-commerce/online portal to facilitate online payment and purchase of philately items from the Department.

Office of Utilities Regulation
• Introduction of 10-digit dialing as part of the addition of a new Jamaican area code – 658.

 

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (second right) tours the construction site of the new US$330-million Jamaica Public Service (JPS) 190 megawatt (MW) power plant being built in Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine. Accompanying the Minister on the tour (from left) are JPS President and Chief Executive Officer, Emanuel DaRosa; steel fixer, Kennado Foster, and Works Manager, Jerome Williams.

 

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (left), presents a trophy to the winner of the Jamaica Solar Challenge, Ryan Bent, for composing a song to communicate the benefits of solar energy. Mr. Bent also received a $75,000 cash prize. The occasion was a ceremony to commission solar photovoltaic panels into operation at the Office of the Prime Minister.