Place greater fo­cus on in­no­va­tion

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

MIN­IS­TER OF Sci­ence, En­ergy and Tech­nol­ogy Dr An­drew Wheat­ley has said that greater fo­cus must be placed on in­no­va­tion and sci­ence as those ar­eas have great po­ten­tial to de­liver eco­nomic growth for Ja­maicans.

The min­is­ter, who was ad­dress­ing the 2016 Na­tional Medal for Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy and In­no­va­tion Awards cer­e­mony held on Wed­nes­day at The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus ho­tel in New Kingston, said that when in­no­va­tion and sci­ence are har­nessed, there is growth with­out harm to the en­vi­ron­ment.

Sev­eral per­sons were recog­nised for their cre­ativ­ity in en­gi­neer­ing, agri­cul­ture, ed­u­ca­tion, food and agro-pro­cess­ing, en­ergy, health and safety, as well as other ar­eas.

Wheat­ley de­scribed the awards as the “pride of a na­tion”, given as recog­ni­tion of the value placed on sci­en­tific re­search.

It is very im­por­tant that we cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of our peo­ple as in­no­va­tion holds tremen­dous pos­si­bil­i­ties for the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of this coun­try.

“It is very im­por­tant that we cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of our peo­ple as in­no­va­tion holds tremen­dous pos­si­bil­i­ties for the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of this coun­try,” he said.

He noted that while in­no­va­tions en­able eco­nomic growth, they are also cru­cial un­der­pin­nings of all de­vel­oped coun­tries, and es­pe­cially so for coun­tries like Ja­maica, which are in the de­vel­op­ing mode.

“They have the po­ten­tial to build ca­pac­ity, in­crease em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, and boost the earn­ing power of our cit­i­zens. They are also im­por­tant in cre­at­ing the nec­es­sary link­ages and syn­er­gies that will sig­nif­i­cantly aid in the achieve­ment of the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals,” Wheat­ley said.

CEL­E­BRAT­ING ACHIEVE­MENTS WHEAT­LEY

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