What needs to be done and in a hurry.
1. We need to tackle the crime monster from all handles i.e. we need to tame this monster. I have already offered suggestion s what can be done in that regard, plus we have much report, just get the damn job done.
2. We need a paradigm shift. We cannot continue to depend on bauxite and remittance as the pillar on which our economy will stand. We have sufficient information, which suggest that a continuation of this policy will bring even more disaster in the future.
3. We need to develop our agricultural infrastructure Note in all that was going on in the country agricultural production increased and rather significantly, I may add.
4. Lean manufacturing principle must be introduced into the country; we need to trim waste.
5. National energy policy has been developed and still we seem to be confused as to which direction to proceed. For 4 to occur we need a reliable and sustainable source of cheaper power.
6. Development of sustainable and cheaper sources of power in Jamaica. Why can’t we for example collaborate with UTECH and the UWI to develop over the next couple of years a renewable energy program? These people along with the private sector with support from the government (such as tax concessions) begin the manufacturing of solar panels and windmills and its accessories utilizing those empty factor spaces held by the Factories corporation of Jamaica. The government for example could give these entrepreneur ten years “free rental” while they develop this industry which I see becoming a powerhouse in the next 15- 30 years and moving us to a green and sustainable energy source, thus reducing our dependence on foreign oil. The European Union for example is not averse to giving substantial grants in this area.
7. The education system need major overhaul, we need therefore over the next 10 years (suggesting continuity) a program which see us educating more of the nations children, allowing them independence of thought which hopefully which shape the nation positively in the future. Some say we cannot afford free education, I say we cannot afford not to educate our children.
8. Finally we need a contract between the opposition, the government and the people.
This is of particular interest to me in that the plan will be written by the people and for the people and the opposition and the government must agree and bounded by the terms of the contract.
It therefore means if we are unsatisfied by the performance of the existing government and decides to give the opposition chance, they too must be bounded by the terms of the contract.
Contract between the government of Jamaica, the opposition and the people.
I love Jamaica dearly and like many other Jamaicans in the Diaspora it pains me to see what is happening in Jamaica today. Many countries in the world today are shunning Jamaicans and making it increasingly difficult to travel to their shores due partly to the criminal behaviour of so many Jamaicans in the host countries.
Jamaica will suffer in the coming years if we do not change this, as many who go to foreign shores will be no longer welcome, effectively shrinking a major source of foreign exchange for the country. I look for the day when the those than shun us as we come to them begging, will instead be looking to us for hope and assistance in taking them to the next level.
For long term prosperity of the country I firmly believe that we need renewable contract between the government, the opposition and the people.
This contract will set out specific deliverables over a specified period of time as well as special clauses which will allow for our political representative to be removed from power if they fail to meet the objective set for them, as their failure could ultimately leads to the entire system failing thus not allowing the country to meet the long term goals that have been set.
When there is a change of power, the opposition will be bound by the same or slight modified contract which will have built into it a continuity of programs that are working and moving us in the right direction.
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