INTRODUCING

DEVON THOMPSON
YOUR NEW MINISTER OF 
PUBLIC WORKS AND ENGINEERING

SENATOR CANDIDATE AND YOUR NEW MINISTER FOR PUBLIC WORKS AND ENGINEERING
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ENGINEERING A BETTER FUTURE FOR ALL JAMAICANS

My role in the UIC is the Director of Communications and Operations and I will represent Jamaicans as a Senator Candidate and the new Minister of Public Works and Engineering. My vision is to bring the best of engineering, technological advancement and infrastructure development to Jamaica, featuring world-class energy, water, waste disposal, building, I.T, and transportation infrastructure. My portfolio includes being the UIC's opposition spokesperson on the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Science, Energy and Technology, and Transport and Mining.
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EDUCATION

Kingston College

I graduated from Kingston College in the year 2005 with 7 CXCs.

Caribbean Maritime Institute

I graduated from CMI in 2009 with an Associate and Bachelors Degree in Industrial Engineering. 

Vector Technology Institute

I am a recipient of a Certificate in Photovoltaic Installation from VTI in Kingston, Jamaica.

University of Technology

I am a recipient of a Certificate in Electrical Installation from UTECH in Kingston, Jamaica.

Centennial College

I graduated in the year 2016 from Centennial College in Toronto, Ontario with an Advanced Diploma in Energy Systems Engineering Technology.

WORK EXPERIENCE

1

URBAN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

I was employed as a quantity surveyor.

2

SHIPPING ASSOCIATION OF JAMAICA

I was employed at SAJ as a Stevedore, securing shipping containers and operating trucks.

3

ATECH RENEWABLE ENERGY SOLUTIONS

A small business I operated, where I designed, sold and installed solar panel systems.

4

KINGSTON CONTAINER TERMINAL

I was employed at KCT Services as a heavy equipment operator operating trucks and straddle carriers.

5

GREER GALLOWAY GROUP

I was employed at Greer Galloway as an Engineering Technologist. My responsibilities including CAD drafting and engineering design.

6

CANADIAN SCHOOL BOARD

I am currently employed as a Project Superivsor for Electrical Projects.

7

BABY CRES

I am the CEO of Baby Cres, a social corporation designed to uplift the economic and social condition of young families.

My Story

As a young man, my 7th-grade teacher became my greatest inspiration, when I attended Ascot High School in Portmore, St. Catherine, before leaving for Kingston College in the 8th-grade. 

While attending the Greater Portmore Primary School, I never felt like I was smart, and some of my teachers didn't help either. I always felt as if I was never good enough, would never be smart enough, and would never get good grades. But my confidence level changed when I graduated from Greater Portmore Primary to Ascot High; this is because my teacher quickly recognized that I learned differently from everyone else. It was because of her efforts in assisting me, that I was able to develop for myself, a better way of learning, and as a result, I now hold degrees in engineering that I never thought I would achieve. 

I was born in Kingston at the Jubilee Hospital in 1988 to two parents who made sure that they gave to their children what they never had and what was and still is scarce today in Jamaica; opportunity. My parents like many other Jamaicans grew up poor in the Parishes of St. Ann and St. Elizabeth, but they took ownership of their lives and became determined to ensure that they never again fall back into poverty. They may not be rich, and neither am I, but like them, I am a self-driven individual, stubborn, a small entrepreneur, and intent to secure a future for my children and in extension, the rest of Jamaica. 

When I left CMI, I thought I was going to find a job in engineering, very presumptuous of me. But that's the thought of many young students at the time because that is what we were sold by the college at the time. But reality set in and I realized that I would never get a job in engineering, but that I needed to create it. So I started A Tech Renewable Energy Solutions and went to VTI and UTECH to ensure that I had the requisite skills to do the work on my own; I gained valuable experience from this activity, which acted as the catalyst of my first engineering job in Peterborough, Ontario. 

I resigned from KCT services and left Jamaica in 2014 to study Energy Engineering at Centennial College in Toronto, Ontario. Being in another country was not easy, I worked odd jobs to ensure that I could survive, worked at manufacturing plants, bread factories, solar panel installation companies, and drove Ubers. But all my hard work paid off, as on the same day I graduated from Centennial College, I was hired by Greer Galloway as an engineering technologist. But the most wonderful thing to happen to me while living in Canada wasn't the education, the experience, and the job, it was meeting my beautiful wife. We got married on February 18th, 2017, and had our first son on June 7th, 2017, and our second son on April 20th, 2020. Currently, like many other Jamaicans in the diaspora, we are preparing our family to return home to Jamaica, because this is where we belong. 

My experiences have evolved my perspective on life. Experience truly makes a man. My values are unshakable and I firmly believe that hard work must not go to waste and should not be taken for granted. So when I see our Government losing USD$730 Million of taxpayer dollars every year due to corruption and mismanagement, it truly makes me sick. That is USD$730 Million worth of hard work by the Jamaican people that's up in flames; the amazing things we could have done for Jamaica's infrastructure with a year's worth of those funds would be of extraordinary benefit to our country. 

My passion is and has always been engineering and science; but going deeper into what I truly want, it's to engineer a better future for every Jamaican.






MY PLANS FOR JAMAICA

JAMAICA ENERGY MARKET SUPPORT SYSTEM (JEMS)
I will implement a system called JEMS in response to the decades-old issue of high energy costs, low-quality electric supply, and lack of competition. 
Benefits of JEMS: 
  • Reduces the cost of electrical energy 
  • Helps businesses to reduce cost and become more competitive 
  • Increases competition for energy suppliers and generators 
  • Increases transparency and competition for importers of energy sources 
  • Modernizes the electrical infrastructure 
  • Supports islandwide electric vehicle charging infrastructure 
  • Diversifies sources of energy
  • Customers can choose their energy supplier as more Jamaicans will be able to take part in the energy industry
  • Faciliates the development or assembly of energy sources locally, creating an energy secure society
MODERN GARBAGE COLLECTION AND RECYCLING
Currently, many communities across the country do not have regularly garbage pick up and in public spaces, garbage bins are rare. In addition to that, improper disposal of garbage by government agencies has led to environmental damage.  
Benefits of modernization:
  • Introduction of (green) Waste to Energy Plants
  • Beautification of the nation
  • Recycling garbage into repurposed materials for manufacturing
  • Reduces environmental impact on the air, waters, and land
WATER DISTRIBUTION SUPPORT SYSTEM
Availability, accessbility and affordability of clean water supply has been a burning issue in Jamaica for decades. The Ministry of Public Works and Engineering under my leadership will work towards expanding acess to clean water supply islandwide, reduce disruptions to the water supply as well as to maintaining a competitive support system that will bring costs down.
TRANSPORATION AND ROAD SUPPORT SYSTEM (TRSS)
An important piece of any free economy is transportation. Bad roads, expensive vehicles imports, high cost of and inconsistent modes of transportation has held back our country. This changes with a UIC Government where the TRSS system is designed to:
  • Abolish the use of Government operated buses and allowing all Jamaicans who want to operate in this space, to do so. The TRSS app will allow citizens to identify registered taxis and buses as well as to report road infractions to the government.
  • Facilitate the revival, upgrade and construction of a fully electric highspeed rail from Portland to Hanover, with a T-Bone design connecting into various transportation hubs (with private bus and taxi operators) across all parishes. 
  • Introduce a modernized ferry service in Jamaica
ENGINEERING, DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

The Ministry of Public Works and Engineering will be working with various government departments to Facilitate the design, rehabilitation, or construction of: 

  • Underground emergency preparedness shelters 
  • 33 Emergency services buildings which will house fire trucks, ambulance, and police High rise buildings across th
  • High rise buildings across the country to allow to facilitate property ownership for all Jamaicans

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE
Streamlining government operations and making them more efficient is of key importance to a UIC Government. Therefore, the Public Works and Engineering Ministry will be responsible for the development and maintenance of the:
  • Government Activities (Gov.Act) citizens app. A means of accountability and transparency in Government actions, operations and policies. Citizens conduct most if not all government business from this app.
  • Central Medical Framework (CMF). An application designed to monitor the healthcare system in Jamaica and to provide a user face to the Jamaican public to see the active status of all participating hospitals and clinics. This will be accessible through Gov.Act.
  • Central Education Framework (CEF). An application designed to monitor the education system in Jamaica and to provide a user face to the Jamaican public to see the active status of all participating schools. This will be accessible through Gov.Act.
  • The Public Works and Engineering Ministry will open the radio frequencies, including cell and internet to local competition. The citizens of Jamaica with skills and education in this field are best able to bring internet and cell connectivity to rural communities across Jamaica, more affordable, and faster. 

TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT
The actions of a UIC Government in ending discriminatory economy policies, tackling corruption and crime, while increasing economic freedom will bring about a self-sustainable society. Unjust duties and taxes, environmental levies, import and export rules will be reviewed and cut as needed.
Technolgies used by the Jamaican people wil begin to have a "Made in Jamaica" label, packaged for the local and international market. The Ministry of Public Works and Engineering will be working to faciliate local manufacturers and engineers in our quest to increase access to technology and the ability to make them locally. Such technology includes:
  • Vehicles, Accessories and Software
  • Computer, Phone Hardware and Software
  • Electronic and Electrical Components
  • Renewable and Alternative Energy Products
  • Machinery and software for Injection Mold and 3D Manufacturing 
Entrepreneurship and empolyment prospects will recieve a welcome boom in Jamaica as we move towards creating a Jamaica that brings out the best in all its people. 

PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION CARD (PIC)
All NIDS bills and acts created by successive PNP and JLP Governments will be repaled. Any identification system in Jamaica under a UIC Government must have the following features:
  • Fully Voluntary
  • Non Discriminatory
  • Limit personal information to name, address, D.O.B and photo
  • Scannable barcode for adding and reading updates
  • Made in Jamaica (software)
  • Uses the TRN as an ID Number
  • Updates to a driver's license via the barcode
  • Replaces voter's ID (Application for a PIC results in being added to the voter's list, permanently) 
  • Used as a login to access Gov.ACT, CMF and CEF
NIDS, in its current form was touted as a tool to combat fraud and corruption. The UIC however reconigizes that the fraud and corruption that needs to be immeditately tackled is that which is in Government. The actions of the UIC will result in a free society where Jamaicans no longer have to engage in trickery or criminal activities to survie in their own country.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND BUILDING CODES
Government-mandated professional organizations have long been the gatekeepers of licenses for industries in Jamaica. This will change as we re-tool the role of government towards monitoring industries, upholding contracts and protecting life, liberty and property. Professionals in Jamaica will be allowed to form their professional organization, and issue licenses based on their criteria. This also means a greater responsibility on the part of the licensor and licensee. Professional organizations and licence holders are now subject to Duty of Care and Contract Laws. Building codes, best practices and professional ethics are vital in the development and enforcement of the duty of care of professionals. Therefore, it shall be this Ministry's role to ensure that all building codes, legal and ethical responsibilities of professionals are developed and updated, which all professionals must abide by. 
FROM MINISTRY TO DEPARTMENT
At the end of the UIC's 5 year term, the Ministry of Public Works & Engineering will become the Department of Public Works & Engineering. This, as we replace the colonial constitution and the Queen's parliamentary system with a Non Partisan Constitutional Republic of Jamaica.

MEMBERS OF THE UIC HAVE INPUT

BECOME A MEMBER OF THE UIC TODAY AND HAVE YOUR SAY ON OUR PLANS FOR JAMAICA

Do you have any questions?

Will you be running as a candidate in the local government elections?

No, I will not be a candidate in the coming local government elections.

Will you run as a member of parliament in the general elections?

I will be appointed as a Senator and from there, will become the Minister of Public Works and Engineering

Are you a politician?

I am an engineer by profession and have not engaged in any poltiical activities before the UIC. 

How do I become a member of the UIC?

You become a UIC Member by visiting https://uicjamaica.nationbuilder.com/become_a_uic_member

Why aren't you running as a candidate? 

The role of Minister of Public Works and Engineering requires focus. Being a Member of Parliament and a Minister may divide my attention from the important mission to bring upgrading our infrastrcture. 

Where can I learn more about these plans?

A detailed plan breakdown will be provided as an update to this webpage.