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DIASPORA | Marks laments Region’s underperformance in Technology and Science

  • Written by Derrick Scott
  • Published in Diaspora
Jamaica’s permanent representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) Her Excellency Ambassador Audrey Marks delivers opening remarks at the Inter-American Council for Integral Development Regional meeting at the OAS, on Tuesday February 25 2020. At Left is the Executive Secretary for the Inter-American Council for Integral Development Mrs. Kim Osbourne. Seated behind is Jamaica’s alternate representative to the OAS Mr. Deon Williams. Jamaica’s permanent representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) Her Excellency Ambassador Audrey Marks delivers opening remarks at the Inter-American Council for Integral Development Regional meeting at the OAS, on Tuesday February 25 2020. At Left is the Executive Secretary for the Inter-American Council for Integral Development Mrs. Kim Osbourne. Seated behind is Jamaica’s alternate representative to the OAS Mr. Deon Williams.
WASHINGTON, DC, February 26, 2020 - Jamaica’s Permanent representative to the Organisation of American States (OAS) and Ambassador to the United States Audrey Marks, has lamented the underperformance of Latin America and the Caribbean in harnessing the power of technology to move their economies forward.

Addressing the OAS Inter-American Council for Integral Development Regional meeting at the OAS, on Tuesday February 25, Ambassador Marks said “when we measure innovation, and the contribution of science and technology to our economies, current outcomes and global surveys and data do not look very favorable.”

She expressed concern that “The World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Index, the Global Innovation Index (GII), CAF, the Development Bank of Latin America, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), UN ECLAC, all confirm that Latin America and the Caribbean are underperforming on innovation in comparison to the size of the economies, assets and capabilities available in all our countries.”

We are “off the grid” from these global surveys and benchmarking processes. In fact, our region is lagging behind developed countries and other emerging countries around the world,” Ambassador Marks bemoaned.

She told the OAS that while all may agree on what the priorities are as well as the approaches, agendas and methodologies, “we lag behind in implementation, things are not happening, at least not at the pace or with the visibility we would like to see. We are at a critical moment in our Hemisphere and our world,” she declared.

Ambassador Mark’s comments comes against the background of Jamaica’s hosting of the fourth Inter-American meeting of Ministers and High Authorities of Science and Technology in November 2020, under the theme “Harnessing the power of Transformative Technologies to Drive our Communities Forward.”

The Jamaican OAS envoy observed that “The convergence of transformative technologies presents significant opportunities and challenges for our region to ensure that our people and communities are not excluded from the potential opportunities arising from the jobs of the future.

“In fact,” she pointed out, “we face a unique scenario that requires us to design and implement new policies and programs that address historic gaps, not only in technology and economic opportunity, but across the social fabric of our countries.”

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Last modified onWednesday, 26 February 2020 17:07
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