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Jamaica to improve disaster emergency communication system

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a grant agreement with the Government of Jamaica in Kingston to provide grant aid of up to 1.399 billion yen for a project to improve Jamaica’s disaster emergency communication system.

The project will improve the digital radio communication system deployed throughout Jamaica for disaster risk reduction to facilitate the prompt, stable transmission of information to disaster risk reduction agencies and the general population to reduce the impact of disasters.

Jamaica’s existing emergency communication network cannot currently be utilized to full capacity due to inadequate communication capacity and transmission range, and communications depend on transmission means limited primarily to e-mail and mobile telephony. When disasters have struck, the system has experienced lags in warning transmission and delays in ascertaining and responding to disaster conditions.

The new project is expected to facilitate speedy and stable communications and effectively reduce the impact of disasters through improved information exchanges among the agencies concerned.

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