Prime Minister Andrew Holness underscored that the alignment of political perspectives can bring about greater and faster success for the economy.
Speaking at the launch of the FESTO FACT Training Centre at Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) today (Wednesday, September19) Prime Minister Holness said the new facility is an example of what can be achieved through collaboration from both sides of the political fence.
“Projects of this magnitude can only come to fruition when there is an alignment of political perspective. These partnerships will ensure that capacity for Jamaica is secured in the area of Science, Engineering and Technology,” said Prime Minister Holness.
In that regard, the Prime Minister indicated that the FESTO FACT centre is a dream that could not have been possible without many important partnerships and collaborations from the private, public and academia sector.
The FESTO is one of the world leaders in industrial Automation and the CMU has partnered with the world leading provider of Mechatronics training and certification which will have the capacity to train and certify over 4000 learners per year.
Prime Minister Holness said, “this is a historic achievement and a mammoth step in terms of education and modernization not only for Jamaica but also for the wider region”.
He also said the Centre is unique in its establishment and represents the country’s goal.
“The opening of this unique facility accurately represents and depicts our nations goal; our national outlook and our commitment as a country to develop our human resources so they are second to none and to develop our institutions so that they are modern and internationally competitive,” said Prime Minister Holness.
In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness argued that it is his hope that the graduates of the centre will be instilled with analytical and creative habits of thinking and an aptitude for discernment and sound judgement that can guide them through a lifetime of achievement and success.
“It is through equipping our human resources to be productive and competitive that we will attain the potential and will for positive growth and development,” said Prime Minister Holness.
The Centre is the first of its kind in the English speaking Caribbean and will deliver international certification in Mechatronics and Automation to meet the changing needs of the engineering industry.