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CARIBBEAN TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending July 12th, 2013

12 Jul

 

JAMAICA’S SOLAR PANEL MANUFACTURING TO BE AIDED BY CUBA—07/06/13
Cuba will offer its expertise in the manufacture and assembly of solar light panels to Jamaica, said Phillip Paulwell, Jamaica’s Minister of Energy. The partnership is part of Jamaica’s Rural Electrification Program (REP). Currently, the REP is focused on developing green energy solutions for Jamaican households that are over three kilometers from the national grid.

E-LEARNING JAMAICA LOOKING FOR SUPPLIER OF TABLET COMPUTERS—07/10/13
E-Learning Jamaica has begun to accept bids from suppliers for the provision of 30,000 tablet computers. The tablets will be distributed among schools in Jamaica through a program sponsored by the government. The program will launch in the next academic year. Phillip Paulwell, Jamaica’s Technology Minister, said that E-Learning Jamaica, which is an agency in his ministry, put the bids out just two weeks ago, giving the suppliers 30 days to make their submissions.

PARTNERSHIPS DEVELOPING TO PROVIDE MOBILE WALLET TECHNOLOGY—07/11/13
Providers of mobile wallet technology are joining with Jamaican service providers to develop the business as soon as they receive the go-ahead from the central bank. The Bank of Jamaica has created a new payment system and invited firms to apply for licenses for mobile money. Advanced Integrated Systems (AIS) of Kingston has started a marketing campaign for its technology partner MOBIbucks, which is based in the United States. PayToo Mobile Wallet has partnered with Jamaican Patrick Casserty to provide a roll-out of the product locally.

JAMAICAN CONSUMERS BECOME MORE ENERGY-CONSCIOUS—07/12/13
Consumers in Jamaica have become more conscious of energy usage and are selecting more energy-efficient electronics products, according to a study from Appliance Traders Ltd. (ATL). ATL is a supplier of residential and commercial equipment and has recently started to provide energy solutions. Stacey Campbell, product manager for the firm’s home division, said that between 2008 and 2013, there was a 100-percent increase in the company’s range of energy-efficient products. Most of this was represented by refrigerators and washers that user inverter technology.

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