The Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology and the U.S. Embassy in Kingston are pleased to announce that a high-level ministerial and technical delegation will participate in consultations on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Cyber Security in the United States from October 9-16, 2021. The goal of the consultations is to examine potential partnerships with the U.S. government, private sector, and academia in digital economy workforce development and explore new innovations in virtual learning and teaching. Cabinet approved the visit on Monday, September 27, 2021.
The United States government, through the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, issued the invitation to the Government of Jamaica, as part of an ongoing collaboration on information technology and cybersecurity initiated in 2019. The United States fully endorses Jamaica’s efforts to build a digital economy and welcomes an opportunity to partner with Jamaica in transforming this vision into a reality.
The Jamaican delegation will be led by Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Hon. Daryl Vaz and will include, at the ministerial level, Hon. Fayval Williams, Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Mathew Samuda, Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of National Security and Senator the Hon. Aubyn Hill, Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation. Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Dr. Wayne Henry as well as representatives of the University of the West Indies (UWI), the Jamaican Defence Force (JDF) and Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) are part of the technical level delegation.
Participants from the U.S. Embassy will include the following senior officials; Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs Alex Sokoloff, Senior Defense Attaché LTC Robert Ramsey and USAID Country Representative Jason Fraser and Political and Economic Advisor Gordon Steenbergen.
During this upcoming visit, the United States and Jamaica will also explore potential U.S. assistance in developing Jamaica’s broadband, energy, and water infrastructure needs.
Mrs. Sandra Graham,
Principal Director, Corporate Services Division
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