Buy back Jamaica!

Monday, May 21, 2018

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Dear Editor,

It appears that through ingenuity, dedication and pure willpower Jamaica's young entrepreneurs have armed themselves with the tools to ensure success. They are on a roll!

This is a welcome improvement considering the economic hardships of previous years.

Innovation and technology lead the charge in the new age of entrepreneurship, and those that have 'set up shop' continue to do exceptionally well. By all indications, soon we will develop a true culture of entrepreneurship; one that will remain the driving force of Jamaica.

This new age of entrepreneurship demands the kind of social responsibility that previous stints could not provide. This is encouraging not just for business owners, but for the average Jamaican.

Special mention must be made of Growth Tech Limited, a technology company seeking to bring Internet accessibility to more Jamaicans via public passenger vehicles. Not only will the company benefit, but so will the thousands of commuters that ride the buses of the State-owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company daily. This is thoughtful entrepreneurship from Jamaicans who care about Jamaica.

For years we have been held somewhat hostage to the profit-making ambitions of other nations. Often outnumbered and outbid, Jamaican entrepreneurs have remained resilient.

I was heartened to learn of iPrint Digital's recent acquisition of the over 50-year-old National Outdoor Advertising. To see this 'baby giant' of sorts rise to reclaim a chunk of Jamaica's advertising industry gives me hope. Several young companies, including Iron Rock Insurance and Jamaican Teas, have used the provisions of the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange to grow their operations and take advantage of the opportunities available in the marketplace to make a bigger, stronger name for themselves.

They bought enterprise from us, but let us rise up and buy back Jamaica!

Sasha Gaye Chambers

csashagaye@gmail.com

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