Ja­maican en­gi­neers hailed

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

Ja­maica’s en­gi­neers are be­ing hailed for their role in the suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Gov­ern­ment’s eco­nomic growth agenda.

Min­is­ter with­out Port­fo­lio in the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Growth and Job Cre­ation, Dr Ho­race Chang, said the work of en­gi­neers is in­te­gral to the de­vel­op­ment of ap­pro­pri­ate in­fra­struc­ture that can po­si­tion the coun­try to record the level of growth that trans­lates into pros­per­ity for all cit­i­zens.

He was speak­ing at the launch of En­gi­neers’ Week 2016 by the Ja­maica In­sti­tu­tion of En­gi­neers at The Knutsford Court Ho­tel in New Kingston on Mon­day.

Chang said the Gov­ern­ment re­mains com­mit­ted to forg­ing part­ner­ships with the pro­fes­sional group in de­vel­op­ing more re­silient com­mu­ni­ties and economies.

He said that in­cor­po­rat­ing dis­as­ter risk man­age­ment into in­fras­truc­tural projects is in­te­gral to the process.

“This calls for sus­tain­able engi­neer­ing, which im­proves the qual­ity of life while pre­serv­ing the qual­ity of our nat­u­ral re­sources. As a coun­try, we have to recog­nise the im­por­tance of en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly yet sound in­fra­struc­ture,” he pointed out.

Chang em­pha­sised that “by work­ing to­gether, we can make our sys­tems and econ­omy re­silient”.

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