The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI) in 2011 to support cities with populations between 100,000 and 2,000,000 people. The aim of which is to aid in the design of long-term strategies for sustainable development. This initiative has three (3) dimensions: (i) Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change; (ii) Urban Sustainability; and (iii) Fiscal Sustainability and Governance.
After various discussions and numerous assessments, Montego Bay was chosen as the city for intervention of the initiative. It was further decided that the establishment of an Integrated Operating Control Centre (IOCC) was critical in addressing some of the urban issues affecting the city of Montego Bay. The IOCC will consist of a monitoring room with twelve 50” CCTV Monitoring Screens and other ICT computer infrastructure including GIS mapping of the city’s urban infrastructure that are constantly monitored by Government experts from at least two or more urban classifications, such as traffic, crime and disaster management. This is expected to enable Local Authorities to make more effective planning decisions and to enable effective and greater utilization of limited resources.
In 2013, the Inter-American Development Bank sought additional support from the Korean Government to “develop a complete and detailed Technical Project Design with an Implementation Plan for the IOCC solution for Montego Bay to be integrated with Kingston’s systems”, and as such the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) was engaged for consultation.
Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) presented their final results at the three-day Workshop held during January 22nd – 24th, 2014 at the St. James Parish Council. The Workshop was to garner feedback on the diagnostic results to be incorporated into the final report scheduled for February 2014. The IOCC is expected to be implemented in three phases, with phase one concentrating in the Downtown Area, Greater Montego Bay in phase two and expansion of the system in phase three. The IOCC is a critical component of the ESCI, which will be located at the St. James Parish Council. The Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, delivered the main address.
Please see the download link below for the Minister’s speech.