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Building Institutions for our Children’s inheritance
‘What economic future there is for Jamaica and the English speaking Caribbean?’
The Caribbean needs a workable Federation, to give members a chance of survival long enough to be able to negotiate beneficial relationships with South American states, Caribbean neighbours, Afrika, because of historical connection of a significant number of Caribbean residence, and to China, because of its emerging World Power status.
However, a Caribbean Federation must have something to offer to South America, Afrika and China. There is a spot of oil in the Caribbean. But oil may be on its way out in the long future. There seems to be no extensive sustainable commodities capable of maintaining competitive edge, with other world producers, except tourism and Labour at present in the Caribbean.
Excessive dependency on tourism boarders on turning the local population into becoming servants, based potentially on cheap labour. Countries should avoid becoming play fields for the rich and potentially corrupt, who have no loyalty to the area, and can decide to go elsewhere at anytime. Cheap world travel makes this possible.
In this case, a Caribbean Federation would have to boost its education and skills sector, to turn out highly educated and skilled individuals, to be attractive to its South American neighbours, Afrika and China.
A system of brain drain – a practical and voluntary type of subsidised repatriation, should be encouraged to an economic fast growing Afrika, including Central, South, West and East Afrika, where such skills are in short supplies and welcome by Afrikan governments. Caribbean people of Afrikan heritage should be able to integrate easily in Afrikan societies, on the Continent, without tribe, religious and colour issues.
The USA, Canada and UK had been accepting a large number of Caribbean migrants over the past sixty years, to build their economies and they benefited greatly. USA, Canada and UK are now closing their borders, and the flow of Caribbean migrants has been reduced, and the immigration tap is being tightened. The population of the Caribbean is relatively young and it is reasonable to assume that that population will grow in the future.
Caribbean government needs to find outlets for their growing population. The same type of migration arrangements should be negotiated with Afrikan governments. Those which are ready to handle this type of 21st Century Caribbean migration to Afrika, with the medium and long term intention to encouraging settlement, as had been the case in the Americas and Europe.
FINSAC: Will the Jamaica Government Play by the IMF Rules?
Please allow me some space to express, on behalf of members of the Finsac’d Entrepreneurs, the following:
We read and listen with very mixed emotions (sadness, amusement, nostalgia even)and interest the varied comments, rants, raves, objections, a few admirations even, on the Ministry of Finance’ plans for new taxes to fill gaps/caverns in his 2014/2015 budget.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind Jamaica, in all this furor, we have not heard a single mention of the word FINSAC - the precursor that has lead the country to the economic state it enjoys today – a state of mendicancy brought on by it’s incompetent leaders. It’s as if that word – FINSAC - is a “forbidden/dirty/BAD” word.
For the over 40,000 businesses that got F-----‘d (Finsac’d that is), there were not this amount of furor. We, the F-----‘d (finsac’d) persons from the 1990s were not fortunate enough to be taxed so we could opt to use or not use our credit/debit cards. We had NO OPTIONS given us.
Our bank accounts, including but not limited to checking accounts, escrow accounts and all assets – properties, cash funds, etc – were used and misused by unauthorized persons and subsequently swept away into foreign oblivion.
We were, and still have been, unable to re-coop any funds and/or assets that were in our accounts and to this day, no one has explained to us, who took, or where, any of our assets are, until a notice is sent to us by a foreign entity claiming that our properties are about to or have been disposed of and all proceeds dispatched to foreign lands.
That was roughly from 2000 to 2011 (end of the Enquiry into the sordid events), and the disposals, some illegal, still continues today.
Today, 2014, under the same government, MOST of the original set of F-----‘d (Finsac’d) persons no longer can afford credit/debit cards.
Most of us do not even have a bank account, so fortunately, or unfortunately depending on whether you’re standing in Dr. Phillips’ shoes, those of the IMF or the rest of Jamaicans who could’ve cared less about whether their F-----‘d (finsac’d) neighbors ate 7 days per week or once per month, some of us are exempt from these new taxes to the banking institutions.
Until we go to the supermarket, the pharmacy etc, at which points our spending power is limited, we have very little to contribute to Dr. Phillips’ ‘hold down tek wey’ trough.
So we now say to the rest of Jamaica who were lucky to elude the first dragnet – “welcome to the lifestyle of the poor and F-----‘d (Finsac’d). Dr. Phillips has given new meaning to the term “disposable income”. Should you need some survival guide on staying alive without the luxury of food, even water at times, (very soon the wells will run dry), a home, a job, a business, and without the use of a deadly weapon, please call us toll-free and tax-free at 1-800-346-7223. That’s 1-800-fin-sacd.
You have now become the new FINancial SACrificeD.
The moral of this story to the newly f-----'d(finsac'd) – We played by the rules – we got shafted. You continued playing by the rules – now you’re getting shafted. As Dr. Phillips continue to play by the IMF rules – he will soon get shafted and he will then be unavoidably F-----‘d (Finsac’d).
Yola Gray Baker
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