Director of Sales and Marketing at Real Mystic Transportation and Trading, Rodcliffe Robertson, said that the company was able to create important business linkages. “This is actually our first year at JAPEX and it has been extremely meaningful to us. We were able to forge a lot of relationships, a lot of linkages with local and international tour companies, and we have gone back to the office to put together some contracts,” he told JIS News. Story Highlights One first time participant in the Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) is optimistic of increased business opportunities coming out of the 2019 staging of the event, held from September 9 to 11 in Montego Bay.Director of Sales and Marketing at Real Mystic Transportation and Trading, Rodcliffe Robertson, said that the company was able to create important business linkages.“This is actually our first year at JAPEX and it has been extremely meaningful to us. We were able to forge a lot of relationships, a lot of linkages with local and international tour companies, and we have gone back to the office to put together some contracts,” he told JIS News.He added that the tour company plans to participate in next year’s event and will be mounting “an even bigger booth.”Senior Director for Technology, Training and Technical Information at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Winston Shaw, said that the annual tourism expo and trade show has been a useful marketing and networking tool for farmers.He told JIS News that RADA has been participating in JAPEX for four years and over that time, several local farmers have been able to establish links with investors.“We have had several investors interviewing our farmers, which has created a very vibrant and lucrative opportunity for them, which could help to build our sector and provide food security for our local population,” he noted.“We use this expo to connect local farmers and agro-processors to a larger market; a market that involves local and international hoteliers and investors,” he added.Meanwhile, President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Janet Silvera, said JAPEX provides an avenue for tourism stakeholders, who are unable to travel to events overseas, to showcase their goods and services and make lucrative contacts.“The industry continues to evolve so what JAPEX does is help us to be able to showcase the products that are new, products that we have improved on,” she noted.Organised by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) in collaboration with the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), JAPEX is the island’s premier trade show for the hospitality and tourism sector.This year’s event saw suppliers, including hotels and attractions, meeting with overseas hospitality industry buyers and travel agents, to showcase their business and negotiate and confirm rates for winter 2019 and beyond. One first time participant in the Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) is optimistic of increased business opportunities coming out of the 2019 staging of the event, held from September 9 to 11 in Montego Bay.
2 June 2011The estimated 2.5 billion people across the world who do not have access to reliable electricity supplies can benefit from clean and renewable energy generated through partnerships between governments and the private sector, the United Nations said today. A report by UN-Energy, an umbrella body of UN agencies working on sustainable development and their business partners, in conjunction with leading electricity companies and other partners launched outlines the conditions necessary for successful public-private partnerships (PPP) on electricity.According to the report, choosing electricity-generating technology appropriate to local conditions is key to the success of such projects, as well as national energy-development goals and plans which have strong long-term policies enshrined in legislation, and assured cost recovery and profit potential for investors in low-carbon technologies.Sufficient funding for research, development and deployment of emerging clean-electricity technologies and measures to maximize benefits to communities from new and expanded electrification are the other measures outlines in the report.The report also stresses the importance of measures to enhance the private sector’s ability to provide capital through various financing alternatives for electricity projects and to design, construct, operate and maintain them. There has to be strong relationships between the public and private sectors and other stakeholders as well, according to the report.Power purchase agreements should also be in place to offer the private sector the greatest certainty for long-term investments, the report notes.The report was launched as the UN General Assembly convened a one-day thematic debate on the green economy“Where sustainable development is the destination, green economy offers a pathway,” said Joseph Deiss, the General Assembly President. “This debate aims to strengthen the understanding of green economy and of what the international community, each Member State and local communities can do to transition to green economy.”A “green economy” in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication is one of the central themes of next year’s Fourth UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, which will be held in the Brazilian city in June 2012.The report highlights electricity projects developed through PPP in Argentina which will provide power to small rural communities.An 86-kilowatt hydroelectric station in Argentina’s Patagonia region will provide power to the tiny rural community of Cochico, while a wind and diesel hybrid system of the same size will supply the isolated village of Chorriaca. Both communities currently make do with inadequate and polluting diesel generators that operate sporadically.The new electricity sources are the result of cooperative efforts between the communities, Patagonia’s provincial Government and members of the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership, a non-profit organization created by several of the world’s largest utilities to promote sustainable energy development in developing and emerging nations.“Private and public sector collaboration can bring clean, reliable electricity to those without it,” said Michael Morris, the chief executive officer (CEO) of American Electric Power and this year’s chair of the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (formerly known as the e8).“By the end of 2011, we will have met with energy and finance ministers from more than 50 countries and worked on policy changes they want to make to become more attractive to investors in electricity projects.“Strong synergies can result when power technologies that emit few or zero greenhouse gases are coupled with enabling public policies and financing. In addition to improving the lives and environment of people by supplying them with non-polluting electricity, the projects will also stimulate the growth of jobs in manufacturing and services,” Mr. Morris added.Speaking at a news conference at UN Headquarters, Tariq Banuri, the Director of the Division of Sustainable Development in the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), said access to energy was not only at the heart of economic growth, but was key to human development.“If you do no have energy you can not get clean water to people. If you cannot get clean water you cannot save children and infants from dying. Infant mortality… is in part related to the lack of energy services,” said Mr. Banuri. “The world needs a global programme to address this issue,” he added.Mr. Morris stressed that the Partnership’s projects were “small in nature and huge in impact.” “They take a population which is absolutely either without energy or on very high pollution sources of energy,” he said.“The partnership with the UN and the UN-Energy group is important because it will give all of us a broader breadth of understanding of the challenges to bring electricity to those populations that are underserved. Our mission and our goal is to continue to find those places where we can take those steps and do that in a constructive way because of the impact that it has on the human good,” added Mr. Morris.According to Thierry Vandal, President and CEO of Hydro-Quebec, the Partnership focused on projects that made “economic sense” were “environmentally responsible” and met the immediate needs of the communities where they were situated.Juergen Grossman, the CEO of the energy firm RWE AG, stressed the link between electricity and education.“I don’t think that we can bring a level playing field to lots of developing nations without access to the Internet and that depends on electricity,” he told the new conference. Access to electricity could also be linked to prosperity, according to James Rogers, the chairman and chief executive office of Duke Energy.
A Perth-based company is at the forefront of the technology revolution enabling reliable online services to remote mining sites through fast, effective satellite technology. Satellite internet and technology company Orion Satellite Systems has provided internet and telephone services to regional and remote locations across Western Australia for 13 years. But its acquisition by IPSTAR Broadband Satellite – part of the telecommunications giant Thaicom – has seen an increase in its ability to engineer unusual solutions for its customers.Orion Managing Director Chris Ockwell said mining companies had grasped the potential of automating operations, but fast, reliable internet was crucial for customers to get the most out of automation. “Orion is one of only two satellite service providers in Australia to claim end-to-end ownership – from modem to dish to satellite,” Ockwell said.“This means we have both unprecedented access to satellite bandwidth combined with the hands-on know-how that comes from working with mining, construction and civil engineering companies operating in some harsh, remote areas.”Orion has sought to carve out a point of difference in the industry by offering flexible, tailored options rather than off-the-shelf solutions.That includes looking at how the Internet of Things (IoT) might be used to monitor sites that might not be in full production but remain important.“We have one customer who has deployed one of our solutions to 16 different sites to monitor fuel levels at the site generators.”Satellite remains one of the most secure and reliable options for remote connectivity, Ockwell said, but it requires clever and precise implementation. “We frequently talk to people in remote sites who are using VPNs to encrypt satellite traffic for secure communications but who experience very slow connection speeds because of that.“To counter this, we have had great success in developing a number of workarounds for different requirements, all of which take advantage of Orion’s state-of-the-art infrastructure. It means remote monitoring and automation, and even just ordinary work functions and operations, can be delivered quickly and securely.”Another advantage of satellite is that small exploration camps on the move can set up and deploy satellite services in a short space of time.“We have relocatable and portable satellite communications in various forms to suit short-term camps or exploration teams, which is vital if you are on the move,” Ockwell said.As an example, one gold mining customer needed to be able to set up camp and have access to internet services in under an hour, with camps shifting every few weeks.“They need to unpack and have access to phone and data lines to make sure they can get data to and from site quickly and efficiently,” Ockwell said. “When you are working in some of the most remote parts of the world, every hour you are without communications is a cost. We get them closer to where they need to be.”Satellite internet communication had come a long way in the last 15 years and was today possibly more reliable than regional NBN services, according to Thaicom Chief Commercial Officer Nile Suwansiri.“Satellite communication used to be slow and expensive, but with new technology this has changed,” said Suwansiri. “One thing we know is that if clients are using the internet for remote monitoring or other business uses, they need the internet to be reliable. Technology has made an enormous difference.”Suwansiri added that mobile satellite internet technology would be the next major game changer.“Traditionally, satellite services have been fixed but more and more we are wanting mobility services – in trucks, trains and boats. People are mobile, they want to be able to make transactions on the go,” Suwansiri said.“As technology matures, those services will come on line and we will be doing all we can to deliver these to our customers across Australia, Asia and New Zealand.“There is endless application for mobile satellite technology. We have already started seeing driverless trains in resources.”The picture if from international gold producer AngloGold Ashanti. Its exploration teams require flexible, reliable connectivity. “We are looking for gold in the Western Australian desert, sometimes hundreds of kilometres from the closest town,” says Exploration Operations Manager Simon Tucker.“These camps move on every few weeks so we need a service that is not just reliable but also flexible. Orion provides phone and data lines to make sure we can get data to and from site quickly and efficiently.”