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Written and produced by the Radio Department of the Jamaica Information Service
News for Week of August 28, 2022
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Trelawny is getting better roads
More than $800 million is to be spent on the Falmouth to Springvale Road rehabilitation project in Trelawny.
The project is being implemented by the National Works Agency (NWA), under its Maintenance of Secondary Roads Programme.
Phase one of the project, the rehabilitation of the Wakefield to Deeside roadway, is currently being done at a cost of some $200 million.
Work on the four-kilometre section of road is slated to be completed in November of this year.
Jamaica still wants trains to roll again
The Government is committed to getting the trains rolling again and is prepared to forge the necessary partnerships in the undertaking, according to Audley Shaw, the Minister of Transport and Mining.
He said the revival of islandwide rail service will take “several hundred million of US dollars”; and will include “putting in a new bridge to go to Spanish Town, and that alone is going to cost about US$8 million.”
The Minister indicated, however, that the investment is worthwhile, and will reduce the costs now associated with transporting people and goods across the island and rehabilitating damaged road infrastructure.
“Our roads can’t keep up with the damage from all the goods that we have to transport. When we have railway lines, we can carry goods as well as people,” he noted. “So… I am going to revive the railway service and if we must do it in partnership with overseas people, who have technology and money, then we will carry out that partnership and get it done.”
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Get your land prepared for farming, free
Some $20 million has so far been issued to the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries for a special incentive programme for land preparation.
Portfolio Minister Pearnel Charles Jr, said: “During my sectoral presentation, we made a commitment to support new farmers through this programme, at a value of $63 million, and I wish to announce that the first tranche has been issued to RADA by the Ministry.”
Under this programme, the Ministry will undertake the costs to prepare up to one acre of land for 5,000 farmers, especially youth and women.
Mr. Charles Jr. said that “farmers can now immediately contact their RADA offices to have their first acre of land prepared free of cost under the Grow Smart, Eat Smart production programme.”
He said that there will be a continued push to have the remaining funds distributed, in short order.
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Stock exchange launches news channel
The regional investment community now has a 24-hour cable television channel, the Caribbean Business Exchange (CBX), dedicated to providing comprehensive information on industry developments.
A division of the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE), the CBX will broadcast on channel 143 on the Flow Network and 28 on Digicel.
JSE Managing Director, Dr. Marlene Street Forrest said that the CBX is committed to providing market news, daily updates, and programmes reflecting local and regional business realities, along with global developments, in a timely manner.
“As we seek to provide value to our issuers and investors, we believe through our rich storehouse of data… and those from other content providers of business information we can provide another source of business news to the public, which will redound to further development of our region,” she said.
This, the Managing Director added, would enable Jamaicans and regional interests “to have a more rounded view of the Caribbean business community and assist [countries globally] to better understand us”.
RGD eyes islandwide delivery service
To support its digitization process, the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) is looking to reintroduce islandwide delivery, which would make it easier for customers to access its services seamlessly, from start to finish.
The entity has just rolled out three new online products – an online application facility for adoption certificates, a real-time search engine for entry numbers (which are needed to apply for birth and death certificates), and an online wedding registry service.
Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister Floyd Green pointed out that while the agency is working to have 100 per cent of its services accessible online, additional steps are still needed, “especially as we accelerate the pace at which we try to bring down the in-store customer load.”
“A lot of the customer load comes from doing the application [online], but then having to go to pick up the actual document. [So] we are looking to reintroduce our islandwide delivery service,” said Green.
Economics in the New Age of National Security
By Rabah Arezki
ABIDJAN – The global economy has entered a new age of national security. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the vulnerability caused by overreliance on global supply chains and the failure of coordination in tackling global health risks.
But what has really ushered in this new era is Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and sabotage of the global economy.