The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) recently collaborated with the Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM), to host a public forum at the UWI Regional Headquarters, to take an incisive look at the matter of electricity theft. The primary objective of the public forum was to build an awareness of the crime of electricity theft, and to create a platform for open dialogue on solutions to a problem that has been largely accepted as an inescapable reality of our national landscape.
The discussion topic, “Crime and Productivity – The Impact of Electricity Theft,” provided an opportunity for a comprehensive discussion on electricity theft, which is impacted by socioeconomic factors and, in turn, directly impacts the cost of electricity, and the general economy. An esteemed panel of representatives from JPS, Academia, the Private Sector, the Ministry of Energy and the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) explored the implications of electricity theft for Jamaica. The forum provided many members of the public with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges associated with the fight against this crime.