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  • Former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, has been honoured by the Government for outstanding contribution to the development of science and technology in Jamaica.
  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, presented Mr. Seaga with a 3D portrait of himself at the 2018 National Medal for Science and Technology and Innovation awards ceremony held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday (November 21).
  • Mr. Holness said Mr. Seaga is “one of the towering figures in our country’s history of social and governmental innovation” and his “landmark undertakings have so clearly changed the course of our country and set us on a path of sustainable development”.

Former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, has been honoured by the Government for outstanding contribution to the development of science and technology in Jamaica.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, presented Mr. Seaga with a 3D portrait of himself at the 2018 National Medal for Science and Technology and Innovation awards ceremony held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday (November 21).

Mr. Holness said Mr. Seaga is “one of the towering figures in our country’s history of social and governmental innovation” and his “landmark undertakings have so clearly changed the course of our country and set us on a path of sustainable development”.

The former Prime Minister in expressing gratitude said that “this 3D image… is really magnificent”.

He noted that Jamaica has “many very wonderful achievers in science” and urged that they be honoured “in a way that will never be forgotten”.

Meanwhile, during the ceremony, several persons were recognised for their innovations and creativity in entertainment, engineering and manufacturing, agriculture, education, food and agro-processing, energy, and health and safety.

Ready TV won the coveted National Innovator of the Year Award, which was accepted by the company Chief Executive Officer, Chris Dehring.

Other winners were Jordon Freeman in the Youth category for his healthy sugar product; Kadeem Petgrave in the category of Education and Popularisation for development of the AdvenTours mobile app; Paul Jackson in the category of Agriculture, Food and Agro-processing for developing a customised food and agro-processing machine; Chris Dehring of Ready TV in the category of Entertainment Product; Lindon Falconer in the category of Engineering and Manufacturing, for creating the Falcon B4; Kelly Silvera for Environmental Sustainability for creating the App Cycle Ja; Mark Bennett in the category of Energy for his smart variable power factor; and Aldain Reid of First Responders Technology Limited in the category of Health and Safety.

Prime Minister Holness commended the award recipients. “(They) have demonstrated how to grasp and apply insights from science and technology and use them creatively. We’re truly proud of their accomplishments, which represent an accomplishment for Jamaica,” he said.

Mr. Holness said that science, technology and innovation play a key role in national development.

“It is one of the ways in which we can find the hotspots of creativity and nurture them into enterprises that will be successful nationally and globally, building on the strength of Brand Jamaica,” he added.

The National Medal for Science and Technology and Innovation Awards was born out of the need to inspire, motivate and celebrate outstanding achievements of local inventors and innovators.

The major goal of the awards is to sensitise, stimulate and encourage stakeholders, individuals, students, communities and organisations to use technology and science in their endeavours, ultimately creating an enabling environment for innovation and creativity.