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Growth & Jobs | New products from Xerox to complement the Government's technology thrust

Published:Tuesday | August 29, 2017 | 12:06 AMPaul Clarke
Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr Andrew Wheatley (centre), in discussion with Chief Operating Officer, Productive Business Solutions (PBS) Caribbean, Jason Corrigan (right) and General Manager, PBS, Michael Lewis, at the launch of 29 new Xerox products at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston last Tuesday.

Xerox's launch of 29 revolutionary new products will not only benefit the local business sector but will also complement the Government's technology thrust in its offering of service, says Pedro Miraben, Xerox's country manager.

Miraben told The Gleaner last Tuesday that the launch was a timely coincidence, given the effort being placed on developing the Government's Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector.

"This supports and compliments tremendously the effort by the Government, having listened to the speech from the technology minister. We are happy to be in this position to collaborate as good corporate citizens. Jamaica is important to Xerox, we have been here more than 40 years and the plan is to remain in this country. We have been here long before we change our business model," Miraben said.

"Jamaica is important to us," he said and added that the country has always showed that it embraced technology and change.

The launch took place at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston.

Jamaica is the second country of more than 100 down to have a launch of the string of new machines which are able to print, copy and scan among other functions using the latest touch screen technology and Cloud capacity transfer and storage of data.

"This is the biggest launch in Xerox history, of 29 new products and not only in numbers but the breadth of products, from the small table top devices to the enterprise model and with the same touch and field.

Government's mission similar to PBS/Xerox in delivering technologically sound service

Describing the launch of 29 new state-of-the-art products from Productive Business Solutions Jamaica (Xerox), as timely, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr Andrew Wheatley, said that the Government was on a similar mission to deliver technologically driven services.

He said that this was aimed at making government to business solutions much more efficient and user-friendly.

"This (launch), as portfolio minister, is music to my ears, because the Government of Jamaica is on a similar mission. The Government has realised the critical role that technology plays in achieving its goal," he said.

The Government prior to the 2016 general elections, developed a 10 point ICT plan and a major component of that plan was to drive better ICT practices throughout the more than 250 government ministries and agencies, to make it more efficient and make information that more accessible.

"We will achieve this by enhancing citizen to government interaction and by enhancing business to government interaction because we believe that the private sector must assist in driving economic growth and development," said Wheatley.

Xerox is an American global corporation that sells document solutions and services, and document technology products in more than 160 countries including Jamaica.

paul.clarke@gleanerjm.com