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A year after launching the pilot, organisers of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) programme are ready to have it replicated in basic and primary schools across Jamaica.

But for that to happen, the programme will need an increased level of supervision and investment — the precise details for which have not yet been revealed.

Professor Evan Duggan (far right), Executive Director of the Mona School of Business, UWI, is pleased to welcome Bruce Bowen (far left), CEO, Scotiabank Jamaica Ltd/ President, Jamaica Bankers Association to the opening ceremony of the Caribbean Executive Leadership Series, under the theme: "Executive Leadership Practices for the New Era of Financial Services"

A list of ideas. A set of rules. Free access to relevant data. Twenty-four hours. These were the tools available to the software developers who competed in the recent Caribbean Open Data Conference code sprintto create web-based applications to allow access to open data in the fields of agriculture, tourism andregional trade.

An ambitious forecast by Phillip Paulwell, minister of science, technology, energy and mining who calculated that the energy cost to consumers could dip significantly in four years, has failed to generate support of senior technocrats who sat in a Gleaner Editors' Forum last week.

A study by the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) offers evidence of the performance gap between Jamaica Public Service (JPS) power generation and other domestic power producers; ranks the JPS distribution operations among the least efficient in the region for total distribution losses, non-technical losses and reliability; and places JPS in the group with the highest electricity prices.

With Jamaicans almost uniform in their belief that the cost of energy is retarding growth in all sectors of society, The Gleaner yesterday assembled a team of experts who had contributed to the latest edition of the Mona School of Business, MSB Business Review, for an Editors' Forum to further explore the energy issues raised in the publication.

"Ideation is the creative process of collectively generating, developing, and communicating new ideas" 
MSB recently brought together a range of stakeholders from the Public sector and Civil society to attend an Ideation session to "think aloud" about common problems and challenges  and generate ideas about the potential use of new information and communication technologies in fin...

The third issue of Mona School of Business' (MSB) Business Review is out, and it is sure to instigate thought and discussion. The primary focus of this issue is energy cost in Jamaica and there are comprehensive articles that provide in-depth analysis on Jamaica's energy issues.

According to Dr. Maurice McNaughton, a director at the Centre of Excellence of the Mona School of Business, mobile financial services represent a tremendous opportunity for Jamaica's unbanked to achieve financial inclusion, and harnessing mobile devices to conduct transactions currently carried out in cash "has enormous macroeconomic potential" for Jamaica.

Dr Maurice McNaughton, director of the Centre of Excellence of the Mona School of Business and a member of Solutions for Society, told the conference that the use of mobile phones to conduct such transactions "has enormous macroeconomic potential," with implications for economic inclusion, as well as the efficiency of commerce.


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