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Thread: Today’s signing of the Contract to begin work on the design, supply and installation of a new S-band Doppler Weather Radar is a significant activity for the Government of Jamaica at this time.
Not only is it critical that we replace the 20yr old, almost obsolete system that once stood as the first Doppler radar installed in the English-speaking Caribbean, but it signals a resolve to meet the global challenges of weather & climate that face this & future generations.
Unfortunately, the monitoring capabilities of the Meteorological Service are hampered by the increasing failures of our aged radar system; hence its replacement is now a priority.
Jamaica is focused on achieving Outcome 14 under our fourth National Development Goal of “Hazard Risk Reduction and Adaptation to Climate Change”, and we firmly believe that adequate monitoring of natural hazards is pivotal to implementing that strategy.
The installation of this Weather Radar will greatly enhance our ability to achieve our 2030 milestones with its capacity to pinpoint the location and movement of rainfall cells anywhere over the country & as far away as the Cayman Islands, south-eastern Cuba and Western Haiti.
It is particularly encouraging that Enterprise Electronics Corporation (EEC) is committed to providing critical after-sales service by facilitating capacity building for a team of engineers and operators of the equipment to be installed at Cooper’s Hill in Saint Andrew.
It is also my understanding that the contract includes a lifetime guarantee of maintenance support and availability of spare parts, which we consider critical for the system’s sustainable operations.
The World Bank @WorldBank must be commended for their invaluable support in accessing the Climate Investment Funds that are being utilized to make this important Project a reality.
Let me charge EEC now to do whatever is possible to ensure that we see the radar delivered and installed as close as possible to the start of the 2020 Hurricane Season 2020.
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