Strides in Research and Innovation
Government committed to research and development

Strides in Research and Innovation

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
 nutraceuticals industry.

• 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.

e-Learning Jamaica

Company Limited

• 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.

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