Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is encouraging greater use of geographic information system (GIS) technology across all sectors in order to spur higher levels of economic growth and development. Story Highlights Mr. Holness said the Government has been making significant investments in using GIS technology to spur Jamaica’s growth and development while seeking to reposition the country as a knowledge-based economy. Another key area of investment, the Prime Minister highlighted, was the National Identification System (NIDS), which will provide a comprehensive and secure structure to capture and store the personal identity information of all citizens. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is encouraging greater use of geographic information system (GIS) technology across all sectors in order to spur higher levels of economic growth and development.He contends that despite Jamaica’s use of the technology over the past 25 years, its full potential remains untapped.“It is certainly accepted by the Government… definitely at the administrative and executive levels. But we have still not yet moved to the point of utilising the technology where we leverage (its) predictive powers… which is to use it in a way to either prevent things from happening or facilitating things we want to happen,” the Prime Minister noted.He called for its utilisation at the decision-making level “as a management and planning tool”.He was delivering the keynote address at the opening ceremony for the inaugural two-day Jamaica GIS User Conference held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (October 10).Mr. Holness said the Government has been making significant investments in using GIS technology to spur Jamaica’s growth and development while seeking to reposition the country as a knowledge-based economy.These, he said, have been in the notable areas of job creation, with the establishment of the GIS Corps of National Service targeting unattached youth under the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) initiative, and the installation of key infrastructure designed to enhance public safety and security.Mr. Holness said that under the GIS Corps, youngsters have been employed by several State entities to undertake a number of key engagements.These, he said, include at the National Water Commission (NWC) to carry out asset mapping of all meters islandwide, the collating of data for an asset map capturing street lights, with another corps being established to assist in generating rainfall data for the National Meteorological Service.The Prime Minister said that there were numerous other opportunities for youth employment utilising GIS technology to document Jamaica’s critical assets.He noted that significant investments have also been made to install surveillance cameras and closed-circuit television (CCTV) to capture illicit criminal activities and traffic breaches, as part of the Government’s undertaking to engender a safe and secure society.Another key area of investment, the Prime Minister highlighted, was the National Identification System (NIDS), which will provide a comprehensive and secure structure to capture and store the personal identity information of all citizens.Mr. Holness contended that a system to accurately identify persons will go a far way in generating information that facilitates analyses of the society’s challenges, and potentially yield solutions and predict outcomes.“We truly understand the deep power of the technology, and that it can be leveraged for the economic and social development of the country,” he added.The GIS User Conference is being jointly staged by the National Spatial Data Management Division (NSDMD) and Land Information Council of Jamaica (LICJ) under the theme ‘GeospatialTechnologies: Mapping Our Way to Secure Communities’.It forms part of activities commemorating the LICJ’s 25th anniversary.
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With the slogan ‘Leaving no one behind’, a two-day convention of the marginal and excluded communities begins in Sreemangal on Thursday.Representatives of the tea communities, trade unions, ethnic communities and other excluded groups, the civil society and community-based organisations, state actors, human rights organisations and cultural groups are expected to join the convention and cultural festival.Its aim is to bring the challenge of exclusion and marginalisation – major feature of poverty – into the national focus, according to organisers.Eminent economist former caretaker government adviser Wahiduddin Mahmud is scheduled to address the convention as chief guest.Four organisations – Power and Participation Research Centre (PPCR), Society for Environment and Human Development (SEHD), Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB) and Gram Bikash Kendra – organised the convention as part of a multi-year initiative.At the convention, the organisers will share findings of relevant studies and analyses and will try to come out with recommendations on how to deal with the issues of marginalisation and exclusion, said a news release issued on Wednesday.There are a lot of marginalised and excluded people living in Bangladesh, who speak different languages and have different cultures. There are 27 small ethnic communities in Bangladesh, according to government census.
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today remembered Swami Vivekananda on his 116th death anniversary and urged the people to live up to the ideals the spiritual leader espoused. “On this day, the great philosopher, Swami Vivekananda attained Mahasamadhi. Remembering him on this solemn occasion. Let us strive to live up to the ideals he espoused, Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle. Swami Vivekananda, who passed away on July 4 in 1902, played an important role in the spiritual enlightenment of the masses. He spread the Vedanta philosophy in the West and established the Ramakrishna Math and Ramkrishna Mission to serve the poor. “He taught the world the true meaning of Hinduism: universal brotherhood,” Banerjee said.
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