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  • Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, is urging Jamaicans to recognise the importance of science and technology for the sustainable development of the country.
  • The Governor-General pointed out that science and technology have proven to be critical factors to economic development, environmental sustainability, social harmony and the eradication of poverty.
  • The Governor General noted that the optimal coordination and management of all aspects of science and technology enhance culture, ecology, efficiency and harmonisation within the various national activities, events and aspirations, in the country.

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, is urging Jamaicans to recognise the importance of science and technology for the sustainable development of the country.

Reading a proclamation declaring November, Science, Technology and Innovation Month at King’s House, on October  31, the Governor-General pointed out that science and technology have proven to be critical factors to economic development, environmental sustainability, social harmony and the eradication of poverty.

“Science and technology, especially modern advances such as biotechnology and informatics, properly executed within businesses, civic society, public institutions as well as education, health, and government agencies, go a long way to ensuring the generation of meaningful knowledge, workforce productivity and innovation, meaningful occupation, participatory governance and enhanced quality of life,” he said.

The Governor General noted that the optimal coordination and management of all aspects of science and technology enhance culture, ecology, efficiency and harmonisation within the various national activities, events and aspirations, in the country.

Science and Technology Month is being co-ordinated by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining; the National Commission on Science and Technology; and the Scientific Research Council.

This year’s theme is: ‘Science and Technology for Economic Development: Science for Life’.

Some of the activities for the month include:  a Church Service at the Bethel Baptist Church in Half-Way Tree on Sunday, November 2, beginning at 10:15 a.m., and a Science in the Park & Expo on November 27, at Emancipation Park, in New Kingston.

The third Biennial conference on Science and Technology will be held at the Jamaica Pegasus from November 10-12. It will surround the theme: ‘Green gold, medicinal Ganja and other natural products, potential source of wealth for Jamaica’.

During the month, various institutions and companies will facilitate tours by schools and other persons to be informed about developments taking place in the sector. An educational tour will also be held at the Appleton Estate in St. Elizabeth and there will a special community project targeting inner-city youth.