As the Government undertakes initiatives to achieve energy security for the country, it has actively sought partnerships with international development organizations to gain both funding and technical assistance to ensure the sector keeps pace with the rest of the world. Several key initiatives are being implemented with the assistance of the United States Department of State. Recently Jamaica was tapped by the Department of State to receive funding for the implementation of several alternative energy projects, geared at reducing Jamaica’s energy costs, while minimizing the impact on the environment.
Leaders continually strive to be better no matter the calling and no matter the stage of life they are at. At 17 years old, Sandray Miller recognises the value of self-improvement and is steadily making strides to do so. Sandray, who hails from St. Catherine is the 2019 Jamaica 4-h clubs Boy of the year, the President of the Junior Leaders League for the St. Catherine 4-h clubs, Public Relations Officer for the National Junior Leaders League, the Youth in Agriculture Ambassador for the St. Catherine Jamaica Agricultural Society and a Social Media Officer with the Jamaica 4-h clubs.
The unemployment rate declined to a new record low of 7.8 percent in April 2019. This follows on previous record low rates of 8.4 percent in July 2018, 8.7 percent in October 2018 and 8 percent in January 2019. April’s figure is 2 percentage points lower than the 9.8 percent recorded for April 2018.
The Government is on a mission to diversify Jamaica’s energy mix and this involves the sourcing of alternatives to petroleum to power vehicles on a daily basis. The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is courting the use of compressed natural gas cng to fuel a section of its fleet and over a 6 month period, 5 buses will be used to examine the viability of this move.
The Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology through the Universal Service Fund (USF) is on a mission to make access to the internet and related technologies commonplace. One of the USF’s key initiatives under this mandate has been the roll out of Community Access Points (CAPs) across the island. A CAP was recently established at the Maverly Primary and Junior High School in St. Andrew, part of efforts to further empower students at the institution and persons in the surrounding communities to live, work and do business in a technological age.
The Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) is a funding mechanism under the Climate Investment Fund, which helps developing countries, like Jamaica, incorporate climate resilience into our growth and development plans. Essentially, the government and its private partners have secured funding to ensure that the country is prepared for severe weather conditions.
The performance of students at the primary level is expected to improve significantly with the implementation of the Specialist Teacher Model. The model requires schools to identify teachers who will function as specialists for mathematics, language, science and social studies.
The Jamaican Government has made the commitment to transform the public sector into a robust, efficient and effective administration. Under the current public sector transformation programme, five areas are being given priority attention. On today’s programme we give updates on two of those areas.
Jamaica is gearing up to host the 7th Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean (RP20). Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie says with Jamaica’s hosting of the international conference, he anticipates that greater focus will be placed on disaster mitigation strategies for small island developing states (SIDS).
Confidence in the Jamaican economy remains strong based on data captured in the latest Jamaica Chamber of Commerce Business & Consumer quarterly Indices survey.
The Atlantic Hurricane Season began on June 1, bringing with it an increased focus on disaster, disaster management and disaster preparedness for most persons across the country. From stocking up canned foods, to developing family disaster plans, conversations on what to do in the event of a disaster are taking place at all levels of society.
The Government has rolled out Plan Secure Jamaica with a focus on 10 strategic areas covering safety, security, justice as well as economic, environmental and cyber resilience. The recent declaration of a state of emergency in the St Andrew South Division forms part of this initiative, which aims to achieve sustainable peace and security for the country.
Come 2021, Jamaica will play host to the World Free Zones Organization (WFZO’s) annual International Conference and Exhibition. The country came out on top of the bidding process, following a campaign led by the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA).
Registering a business can now be done online. Which means, no lines and no wait times, making it more convenient for small business owners. This can be done through the Companies Office of Jamaica’s Electronic Business Registration Form. Here’s how to get started.