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  • The Government will be examining several pieces of legislation and regulations geared towards the development of the nutraceutical industry, particularly the Food and Drug Act.
  • This was disclosed by Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, at the reading of a proclamation declaring November, Science, Technology and Innovation Month, at King’s House on October 31.
  • The Minister noted that the role of State agencies is crucial in the examination exercise and should act as facilitators.

The Government will be examining several pieces of legislation and regulations geared towards the development of the nutraceutical industry, particularly the Food and Drug Act.

This was disclosed by Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, at the reading of a proclamation declaring  November, Science, Technology and Innovation Month, at King’s House on October 31.

The proclamation was read by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen.

Nutraceutical is generally defined as a food or food product that reportedly provides health and medical benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease.

The Minister noted that the role of State agencies is crucial in the examination exercise and should act as facilitators.

“I believe we are our own worst enemies. When I look at the role of our State agencies, we sometimes become so focussed on our role as regulators that we forget our responsibility as facilitators. Even when they seek to enforce well-intentioned regulations, State agencies must seek to facilitate rather than to handicap and to frustrate,” he argued.

The Minister said that the National Commission on Science and Technology has been reconstituted with a mandate to enable Jamaicans to understand the role of science and technology in their daily lives and how the disciplines can be used to provide growth, jobs, wealth and generally a better quality of life for all.

 

“Policies will be promulgated to target developments in ICT, energy, manufacturing, among others, and of course increased focus will be placed on the development of nutraceuticals from Jamaican plants as a necessary plank for accelerating growth and creating new businesses,” he said.

Highlighting the significance of the proclamation, Mr. Paulwell noted that it marks the renewed commitment of the Government to the development and implementation of policies to drive science, technology and innovation.

He emphasised that it is high time to utilise science, technology and innovation to transform Jamaica into a country, not just of potential, but of actual success.

“We need to nurture our youth and awaken their natural genius and we need to enter into a culture of scientific rebirth, innovation and the application of new and appropriate technology. In order to grow our economy and position our country on a path of sustainable development, we must break out of the same old, same old syndrome,” the Minister  said.

He urged the youth to use the inspiration of the island’s pioneer scientists to unleash the tremendous potential that resides in the  people.

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’.