The Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining’s (MSTEM) Strategic Plan 2014-2017 is set in a policy framework that addresses the Medium Term Economic and Social Framework flowing from Vision 2030. The National Energy Policy 2009-2030, relevant elements of the Minerals Sector Development Plan of Vision 2030, and other policies addressing different aspects of the ministry’s varied portfolios therefore address the key national outcomes identified in the Medium Term Economic and Social Framework through oversight, implementing the necessary strategies and activities, and monitoring to ensure that the outputs and outcomes will be met.
The Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (MSTEM) has portfolio responsibility for the country’s science, technology, energy and mining sectors. By virtue of the minister being the Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives, MSTEM also oversees the electoral matters at an administrative level.
Through consultation with key stakeholders, MSTEM provides policy direction for the sectors and guides the policy making process by providing information on key issues from stakeholders to the political directorate. It also provides oversight of implementation through its agencies and other bodies and regulates and monitors the sectors’ performance. The area of responsibility under Vision 2030 is contributing to the national goal of a prosperous economy, which includes the national outcomes of energy security, a technology enabled society and internationally competitive industry.
The ministry has responsibility for twenty one (21) external portfolio agencies, plus four (4) large external divisions, namely the Government Energy Inspectorate (GEI), the Mines and Geology Division (MGD), the Post and Telecommunications Department (PTD), and the Earthquake or Seismic Research Unit, which is located on the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI).
The various policies, programmes, projects and initiatives developed and being executed by MSTEM, in collaboration with stakeholders, are geared to achieve its mandate to facilitate the development of Jamaica’s science, technology, energy and minerals sector, and the national electoral superstructure so as to contribute to the economy’s orderly and efficient transformation.
This Strategic Business Plan 2014-2017 focuses attention on core issues, priorities, objectives and tasks that are necessary to achieve the outcomes that will help to positively transform the portfolios under the ministry’s control. It also outlines initiatives that seek to facilitate more efficient and effective use of resources and synergy among MDAs that eliminate waste, overlap and duplication. Consequently, its primary national outcomes in keeping with Vision 2030 are:
- Energy Security – by creating a facilitative policy, legal and regulatory framework to promote the modernization of the energy sector, an adequate and affordable energy supply, and an increased reliance on renewable energy to contribute to economic and national development.
- A strong and effective nation-wide culture of energy efficiency and conservation – reducing energy use and ensuring that a unit of energy generates an increased value and volume of output thus reducing the economy’s very high energy intensity ratio. It is envisaged that energy efficiency and energy conservation will improve usage and reduce consumption. Evidence of this path is expected to lead to a demand management programme for the country, public and private sectors, and households.
- A diversified minerals sector, which is integrated into the wider economy, is based on the production of increasing quantities of value-added products and contributes meaningfully to on-going national development through wealth generation, employment creation, import substitution and foreign exchange earnings.
- A modern information, communication and technology (ICT) infrastructure allowing for rapid, high quality and low cost communication, movement and storage of data, widespread use in education, health, security, commerce and all other areas of the economy, the development of subsidiary industries and a solid platform for attracting investments. The creation of a government-wide network to optimize the existing infrastructure, rationalize the ..data within government as a means of improving government efficiency in the provision of services to the public
- The creation of a culture that embraces and facilitates the application of science and technology, and encourages innovation in all areas of the economy.
- A globally recognized, transparent and effective electoral system supported by an increasingly modern legislative framework.