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Establish science academy as part of Caymanas enterprise zone- Samuda

Published:Friday | April 17, 2015 | 12:00 AM

OPPOSITION SPOKESMAN on industry, investment and commerce Karl Samuda wants the Government to establish a science academy at Caymanas enterprise zone in St Catherine that is dedicated to enhancing the development of the country's brightest and most talented minds in the sciences.

"I think that we must establish a science training fund utilising the recently announced Obama initiative," Samuda declared during his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday. "Take them up on it; let them help us with the money to establish a science training fund that can finance the brightest of our children. There is no future for Jamaica unless we focus our attention on our human capital, and it must start at the primary school level," he added.

United States President Barack Obama announced a US$70 million investment in youth development through education, training and employment at a youth leaders' town-hall meeting on April 9, at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.

In addition, Samuda suggested that the Government should spearhead the retrofitting of empty factory buildings to facilitate skills training for young people.

The opposition spokesman also urged the administration to shift focus from local domestic trade to foreign trade through exports. "And we are to expand the services sector because, in terms of foreign exchange inflows, the services sector is more than double the goods sector".

He took the industry minister to task for establishing a logistics hub secretariat when Jamaica Promotions (JAMPRO) has the capacity and expertise to do the job.

"Why would I establish a logistics hub secretariat when I have JAMPRO that is created for the purpose of packaging investments, created for the purpose of doing research, marketing, promotion of investment," he questioned. "You are spending a lot of money creating strategies while Rome is burning," he insisted.