The IOJ was presented with computers, computer server, cameras, a motor vehicle and other audiovisual devices at the Handing Over Ceremony in Kingston on Wednesday.
“These gifts are provided through a Cultural Grant in the sum of J$57m from the Japan International Cooperation Agency and are helping the Institute of Jamaica to improve public access to Jamaica’s cultural heritage through advanced audio-visual technology and a facility to expand its outreach programmes,” said Minister Grange in a message delivered by Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.
Through funding from the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the Institute of Jamaica is improving the technological capacity of the Natural History Museum of Jamaica, Junior Centre Computer lab, East Street Multimedia Production Studio and the Lecture Hall.
The Culture Minister highlighted that “with the assistance from the Government and people of Japan, the IOJ will further its mission to enhance the awareness of Jamaica’s cultural heritage on the global landscape and disseminate Jamaica’s tangible and Intangible culture and heritage in a more interactive way.”
Resident Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Mr Kenji Tobita said he was pleased with the partnership and will continue working with the IOJ to ensure the completion of the project.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency will also assist the IOJ in the engagement of a curator and animator from its volunteer programme to further enhance its programmes.