Scientific Research Council (SRC)
• The Scientific Research Council launched the first science and technology Business Incubator in the Caribbean.
• Trained 400 entrepreneurs across four countries.
• Hosted boot camps for entrepreneurs in Trinidad, St. Kitts and Nevis, Grenada and St. Lucia.
• Provided support to 22 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the manufacturing and processing industry.
• Offered consultancy service in Good Manufacturing Practice/Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (GMP/HACCP).
• Completed all waste treatment systems under the Ministry of Health contract.
• Conducted seven training sessions in food and meat processing.
• Provided support to SMEs in the agro sector.
• Executed the 2018 National Science and Technology Fair and two summer camps.
•Advanced work on nine research projects to support the growth of the
• Identified two new value-added products for development.
• Opened the Science Resource Centre & Innovation Laboratory at SRC to cater to climate-saving start-ups from across the region in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable agribusiness, water/waste management and resource use efficiency.
• Hosted the National Medal for Science, Technology and Innovation Awards in collaboration with the Ministry of Science and Technology and NCST.
National Commission on Science and Technology
• Coordinated research services agreement between the National Health Fund (NHF) and the Jamaican Medical Cannabis Corporation (JMCC).
• The JMCC has committed to a capped investment in research and development in the amount of US$2 million over 10 years in ganja research and development.
• Joint research commenced between Jamaica and South African researchers in indigenous knowledge systems and water.
• Draft science, technology and innovation policy placed before Cabinet in February.
• 58,862 persons benefited from client support and teacher training in Phase 1 institutions of the Tablets in Schools (TIS) Project.
• Tablet content approved, suppliers selected teachers trained and schools upgraded for full rollout of the TIS Project.
• Schools facilities upgraded to operate and secure the technology to be provided by the project
• ICT training for approximately 3,500 teachers
Post and Telecommunications Department
• Developed an e-commerce/ online portal to facilitate online payment and purchase of philately items from the Department.
Office of Utilities Regulation
• Introduction of 10-digit dialing as part of the addition of a new Jam-aican area code – 658.