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  • Minister of Science, Technology and Energy, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Government is exploring the possible creation of a Technology Innovation Fund that would be pivotal in further boosting Jamaica’s technology sector.
  • He points out that the two-day KingstOOn Animation Conference and Film festival, which ran from Saturday, March 12 to Sunday, March 13, at the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) in Kingston, was one of the many channels targeted, in this regard.
  • “Technology plays a significant role in this (undertaking). We must integrate education, entrepreneurship and technology,” the Minister emphasized.

Minister of Science, Technology and Energy, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Government is exploring the possible creation of a Technology Innovation Fund that would be pivotal in further boosting Jamaica’s technology sector.

He notes that the fund would serve as a catalyst for attracting technology-driven investments from local interests by facilitating job creation and further strengthening the information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure, thereby enabling a greater number of young people to secure or create their own employment.

He points out that the two-day KingstOOn Animation Conference and Film festival, which ran from Saturday, March 12 to Sunday, March 13, at the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) in Kingston, was one of the many channels targeted, in this regard.

Addressing patrons at the festival on Saturday, Dr. Wheatley noted that another of the Government’s goals, in moving to further boost Jamaica’s technology regime, was to enhance its use in education.

This, he added, to ensure, among other things, that students achieve 100 percent mastery in literacy and numeracy by the time they complete primary school.

“Technology plays a significant role in this (undertaking). We must integrate education, entrepreneurship and technology,” the Minister emphasized.

Regarding animation, Dr. Wheatley contended that this medium “creates opportunities to introduce our young children to this area (technology) and also to create characters and stories that use animation in teaching and learning.”

He further noted that animation develops key skills in communication, self-expression and presentation “that can boost our children’s capacity”, and encouraged young people to capitalize on the potential opportunities in this area.

“There is greater scope for growth and I encourage young animators… to explore the possibilities and create material that can be used in schools,” the Minister added.

Dr. Wheatley expressed the hope that the KingstOOn festival will serve as a catalyst that positions Jamaica to further maximize on the global popularity of its brand, thereby enabling the country to achieve greater recognition and success.

KingstOOn Animation Conference and Film Festival was staged by the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Energy, with support from a number of key local, regional and international partners.

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Minister of Science, Technology and Energy, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley (2nd left), listens as World Bank Country Representative for Jamaica, Galina Sotirova (right), emphasizes a point in a discussion, during the KingstOOn Animation Conference and Film Festival at the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) in Kingston, on Saturday, My 12. Also listening (from left) are: Senior World Bank Social Development Specialist , Fabio Pittaluga; and Operations Officer, Private Sector Development Unit, Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Lisa Harding. The KingstOOn conference and festival was held from March 12 to 13

They include: the World Bank; Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO); Edna Manley School of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA); Jamaica Information Service (JIS); Caribbean Examination Council (CXC); Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), University of the West Indies (UWI); University of Technology Jamaica (UTech, Ja); and Jamaica Animation Nation Network (JANN).