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Jamaica maintains snail's pace while other countries bolt

Mark WIGNALL

Thursday, December 12, 2013    

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THERE is absolutely no doubt in anyone's mind that we have the fastest man and woman on the planet in Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and maybe the most watched and listened to voice in Tessanne Chin.

In almost everything else that relates to tangible development at the national level, we crawl and ease casually on then talk, talk, talk.

In last Sunday's Observer Editorial titled 'Late, but not too late on the logistics hub,' we were told that, "Jamaica has a comparative advantage in its geographic location, but it is off to a late start.

"Late both in regard to when the multiplier effects of the canal will start to be felt, and more important, is that Jamaica is off to a late start compared to other Caribbean and Central American countries that have also spotted the opportunities and are seeking to capitalise on the Panama Canal dynamic."

The editorial warned us that seven countries in the region, competing for the same opportunities to increase their own global footprint and develop their...

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