Though we have come a long way with our political Independence since 1962, our political leaders among many other significant leaders in different sectors at this time will have to encourage the populace on a whole to achieve financial independence in order to build our country to the standard that we want it to be in the coming years. As a consequence, Jamaica's 21st Century leaders will have to develop the confidence and courage to establish a paradigm shift in the present political culture.
First of all, our major leaders across the country must get the people to work in harmony with a central and specific goal of achievement during the next half-century. Therefore, as we strive for economic independence this time around, our significant leaders must not leave any stone unturned as they motivate their fellow Jamaicans to use their imagination, flexibilities and enterprising spirit for the accomplishment of economic independence.
The present cadre of leaders will have to become more radical in their approach in getting the working class to be involved in a wide range of productive activities. No wonder Marcus Mosiah Garvey, a visionary, taught his followers to be proud that they were black, to cherish their African past and to build for themselves their own civilisation of the future.
Without a doubt, we have done exceptionally well over the last 50 years, but I think our leaders from all quarters will do well adopting the "principles and philosophy" of our first National Hero Garvey who encouraged the virtues of capitalism to the masses of the people.
At the same time, our political and other significant leaders will have to embrace Jamaica's national development plan "Vision 2030 Jamaica", that intends to have a prosperous economy which provides the foundation and resources for building a better society in which our people will have the opportunity to enjoy a good life.
As a people, we must understand that for Jamaica to provide a better way of life for all of us, the economy has to grow and develop. For this reason, we need effective leadership that will help to motivate the ordinary people to put more effort in whatever field of endeavour they are involved, so as to transform our country.
Moreover, this blessed nation needs more transformational and progressive leaders with a new way of thinking which will help to change the old mindset of our people. Surely, as Jamaicans prepared for a new era in our history, they will have to depend heavily on some core transformational values of our major leaders such as honesty, respect, trust, cooperation, forgiveness, love, tolerance, compassion and, of course, national pride.
Meanwhile, as we embark on a new and vibrant cycle of life, leading up to another 50 years, we must also focus on our financial independence. Our political leaders must become innovative and lead the way with a combination of progressive economic principles which will enhance the development of our country and the people in general.
Montego Bay, St James