State of the artwork info know-how gear valued at some $4.183 million has been transferred to the Mines and Geology Division of the Ministry of Transport and Mining to strengthen efficiencies in identification, mining and extraction of minerals for growth, progress and job creation.
The switch was excuted underneath the four-year African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and European Union (EU)-financed Improvement Minerals Programme carried out by the United Nations Improvement Programme (UNDP) and Jamaica’s Mines and Geology Division.
The gear contains a pc server/storage space community (SAN) able to supporting bigger Geographic Data System (GIS) information and Slope Stability Evaluation instruments; – together with aerial drones, server racks and cabinets, consoles; laptop computer and pill, desktop pc, binoculars, rangefinders, and many others; to allow employees to make use of the most recent know-how, and enhance the supply of service.
The gear additionally permits updating and ease of entry to a brand new Improvement Minerals database and internet map that digitises location, portions and entry routes of mineral deposits throughout Jamaica utilizing geographic Data Techniques (GIS).
Head of the European Union Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska in her remarks on the handover mentioned the challenge demonstrated Jamaica’s recognition of the significance of unused assets, and the necessity to develop particular insurance policies and devoted instruments as a way to exploit these assets and make wider use of them for the resilience of the nation.
“For this reason, I particularly appreciate the new tool of the Slope Stability Assessment that will help to fight the threats posed by land degradation, water-related risks and extreme water events related to climate modification, and [for] which we have to be prepared,” the ambassador said.
In remarks delivered on his behalf by Dr Oral Rainford, principal director of mining/minerals coverage planning and growth, Minister of Transport and Mining Robert Montague mentioned the know-how was serving to the minerals business to create and lengthen market alternatives by accessing beforehand unreachable deposits particularly utilizing GIS know-how. He famous that GIS applied sciences create effectivity and productiveness alternatives in all elements of mineral exploration and mining. It allows a mineral exploration geologist and mine operator to mine intelligently, effectively, competitively, safely, and in an environmentally suitable method.
“Information & communication technology has become one of the most important tools for enabling increased transparency, process efficiency, improving productivity, optimising operational cost, decision-making along with increasing the employee, customer and investor satisfaction, etc,” Montague said.
UNDP Programme Specialist Richard Kelly mentioned belongings allow the utilissation of a flexible vary of instruments and strategies for capturing, analysing and leveraging spatial info, on this case, GIS know-how.
“By implementing robust GIS software applications, professionals can capture and visualise valuable geospatial intelligence,” he mentioned.
In underscoring UNDP’s dedication to know-how software in assist of the business, Kelly disclosed that the procurement of know-how represented 35 per cent of the programme’s finances for geo-data gear. He mentioned that this give attention to institutional strengthening was important to UNDP’s exercise of decreasing poverty and catalysing wealth creation and inclusive growth in pursuit of securing the sustainable growth targets and leaving nobody behind.
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