1200 Residents of Western Jamaica Benefit From Labour Ministry Roadshow

Speaking at the opening ceremony for the event held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said that the islandwide roadshow provides an avenue to increase national awareness about the programmes and resources of the Ministry and empower and transform the socio-economic well-being of citizens. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security took its Labour Department Roadshow to Montego Bay on Thursday (September 12), with more than 1,200 residents of western Jamaica benefiting from the information session and job fair. She noted that the first staging of the roadshow in 2018 had a “tremendous impact”, which “gave us an opportunity to engage and educate Jamaicans across the island in a direct manner”. Story Highlights The Ministry of Labour and Social Security took its Labour Department Roadshow to Montego Bay on Thursday (September 12), with more than 1,200 residents of western Jamaica benefiting from the information session and job fair.Speaking at the opening ceremony for the event held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said that the islandwide roadshow provides an avenue to increase national awareness about the programmes and resources of the Ministry and empower and transform the socio-economic well-being of citizens.She noted that the first staging of the roadshow in 2018 had a “tremendous impact”, which “gave us an opportunity to engage and educate Jamaicans across the island in a direct manner”.Mrs. Robinson said that by bringing the event to Montego Bay, the objective is to ensure that Jamaicans in the west can have the services of the Ministry at their fingertips.“It is an absolute pleasure to bring to western Jamaica, the services of the Ministry in a single event of this magnitude as we continue the thrust of putting the Ministry in the hands of the people,” she said.Meanwhile, Mrs. Robinson noted that the Ministry has been working with employers and employees to enable greater knowledge of and compliance with labour-related laws and policies.She said that the Government is committed to improving the welfare of workers, as well as “provide information and services that will enable internationally accepted working conditions that will foster greater levels of productivity”.“I am very passionate about protecting the labour welfare of all workers, and I take the opportunity to commend the parishes in this region for their strong work ethic, which has helped to stimulate and diversify local and international investments,” Mrs. Robinson said.The Montego Bay roadshow was the largest to be hosted by the Ministry.During the job fair segment, more that 42 employers conducted interviews with applicants, who have registered through the Ministry’s Labour Market Information System (LMIS) portal. read more

PM Says Government Is Fully Committed To Investing In Cleaner Energy Sources

Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is fully committed to investing in cleaner energy sources as a way of protecting the environment while making the economy more competitive.Mr. Holness, who was giving the keynote address at the inauguration of Paradise Park Solar Farm in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, on October 2, said it is against this background that his Administration continues to encourage investments in renewables and why he remains convinced that they are now an integral part of the country’s economic future.“This is a signal to investors, the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), the Jamaica Public Service, the financial markets and the citizens of the country, that your Government is doing everything it can to ensure that we are protecting our own environment by using cleaner energy,” he said.Mr. Holness cited the environmental and economic benefits of using renewable energy, which include diversifying energy supply and reducing dependence on imported fuels as well as creating economic development and jobs in a wide variety of areas.“The Jamaica National Energy Policy 2009-2030 requires that Jamaica realises its energy resource potential through the development of renewable energy sources and enhances its international competitiveness in energy security, whilst reducing its carbon footprint,” Mr. Holness pointed out.“The proposed target of 20 per cent in the renewable energy mix by 2030, in my opinion, was not ambitious enough, so I raised the target. I raised it as more of a challenge to the players in the sector and that we should be at least 30 per cent by 2030… and even that I think is putting my hat where I know we can reach,” he added.Mr. Holness said that it was within that context that he raised the challenge even further, noting that it is well within the realm of possibilities that the country could get to 50 per cent of renewables, 30 per cent above the original projection, by 2030.He noted that currently, the total amount of electricity generated from solar is up to six per cent of the installed electricity-generation capacity islandwide, and that there is much room for improvement in that regard.“Six per cent of solar is really small and we will improve on that. However, when this is added to other sources of renewable energy, Jamaica is now generating 17 per cent of its electricity from renewable resources, which would be wind, solar and hydro,” the Prime Minister said.Paradise Park, a US$65-million investment, is the largest solar project in Jamaica. It is projected to significantly decrease the country’s dependence on fossil fuels, while helping the island to reach its sustainable development targets.The solar farm is designed to supply 37 Megawatts of power. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is fully committed to investing in cleaner energy sources as a way of protecting the environment while making the economy more competitive. “This is a signal to investors, the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), the Jamaica Public Service, the financial markets and the citizens of the country, that your Government is doing everything it can to ensure that we are protecting our own environment by using cleaner energy,” he said. Mr. Holness, who was giving the keynote address at the inauguration of Paradise Park Solar Farm in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, on October 2, said it is against this background that his Administration continues to encourage investments in renewables and why he remains convinced that they are now an integral part of the country’s economic future. read more