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Time to get a world record in politics and economics

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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Dear Editor,

Jamaica recently celebrated its 55th anniversary of Independence from Great Britain. It provides us with an opportunity for reflection and introspection on what we have accomplished or, as some would have it, what we have not accomplished.

When all the analysis has been done, I am sure we will all agree that there is much to be done. As the Jamaica College motto says, “Fervet Opus in Campis” (Work is burning in the fields).

Jamaicans, over the years, have done exceptionally well on the world stage in various fields. Starting with our first superstar Bob Marley and later Jimmy Cliff, in the area of music. We have also done well in the area of culture with the likes of Louise Bennett-Coverley. Our National Hero Marcus Garvey, who some would say was way ahead of his time and who continues to be praised and honoured worldwide for instilling in black people the need for independence and self-reliance. How can we forget our many beauty queens? We all remember Jody-Ann Maxwell, the first non-American to win the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee competition, and the list goes on.

Our latest superstar, Usain St Leo Bolt, has mesmerised the world in recent times and he has the entire world begging for more. But will Jamaica ever get a world record in economics or politics? What if we could get a 9.58 per cent in economic growth. Will we ever get a world record reduction in our spiralling crime rate?

It can be done.

There has been a lot of talk about the success of Singapore, which was able to transform its economy from Third World to First World in just 35 years, moving its per capita income from US$500 to US$50,000; a remarkable feat. Singapore is now one of the richest countries in the world.

We already have world records in music, culture, sports, medicine, and food; it is time to get a world record in politics and economics.

Kemmehi Lozer

k_lozer@yahoo.com

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