Jamaica gets $1.6 billion grant from Japan gov't
Jamaica has received a grant of $1.6 billion from the Government of Japan to improve the communication capacity of first responders during natural disasters.
The funds will be disbursed over four years to purchase equipment under the ‘Improvement of Emergency Communication System Project’.
The project is being spearheaded by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and will see the provision of radio equipment, transmission and reception devices to key response agencies.
It is expected to improve communications among critical state agencies, first responders, auxiliary groups, community volunteers and other stakeholders.
The grant agreement was signed on Thursday by Finance Minister Audley Shaw and Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica Masanori Nakano during a ceremony at the Ministry of Finance.