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Jamaica must foster innovation

Thursday, October 12, 2017

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Dear Editor,

There is no doubt that there are numerous people in this country with brilliant minds, but with no avenue to expose themselves. It ought to be the duty of the Government and the private sector to identify and nurture the creativity of these individuals and to allow them to share what their ingenuity has to offer.

People should be encouraged to use their resourcefulness to contribute to the scientific, medical, and technological development of Jamaica.

The existing competitions, for example the National Science and Technology Fair and the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica's Schools Energy Competition, seem to be limited to students and do not appear to have much momentum after the competitions are won and over. Rather than offering prizes only, and that's the end of that, the innovation(s) should be implemented.

A possible proposal to attract individuals gifted with inventiveness is to have the ministries and public enterprises identify their challenges for which people could offer an idea. These individuals or team can be awarded in a number of ways, such as full education scholarships, housing, or job opportunities. In the instances where ideas are novel and attract the interest of foreign entities, the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office should get involved to administer copyrights and patents. There is also the possibility of foreign investments coming on board to bring the proposals to life, which can be facilitated through the functions offered by JAMPRO.

Jamaica needs to tap into its intellectual potential to yield progressive results.

The Writer





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