Japan to fund project to improve Emergency Communication System of Jamaica

The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Desmond McKenzie has reasserted the government's promise to complete work to improve information transmission before, during, and after a disaster under the Project for Improvement of Emergency Communication System.

Japan to fund project to improve Emergency Communication System of Jamaica

Jamaica: The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Desmond McKenzie has reasserted the government’s promise to complete work to improve information transmission before, during, and after a disaster under the Project for Improvement of Emergency Communication System.

The decision is being funded via a grant agreement with the Government of Japan and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Meanwhile, Minister McKenzie said, “We are committed to the completion of the work within the time that has been decided, and we are looking forward to enhancing the relationship and ensuring that we have a system that will offer the people of Jamaica the kind of network for communicating during natural calamities.”

He was sharing a conversation with Japan’s Ambassador Masaya Fujiwara during a courtesy call at the ministry of Kingston.

In 2017, the project, for which a grant agreement was signed, which is aiming to enhance Jamaica’s emergency communication system via procurement of equipment and other inputs.

It will help in creating an infrastructure and platform to regulate timely and effective communication between Government agencies and first responders during an emergency.

Earlier, negotiations took place with various stakeholders in emergency communications, including the military, police, health authorities, firefighters and engagement with the most weaker sections of the society islandwise.

After receiving a green light from the Cabinet of a bidding document earlier this month, Minister McKenzie has ensured that the work will now continue towards the project’s completion.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Fujiwara has also assured the minister that, “We are ready to work with you and your team so that the project can be completed within the expected time, “adding further that he expects fruitful collaboration between two nations in the area of disaster risk reduction.