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Published:Saturday | September 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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Jamaica must pursue export-led growth - Williams

Professor Densil Williams, professor of international business, says small, open economies like Jamaica should look to exports as a means of overcoming their developmental problems.

Williams, who is also executive director of Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM), said if Jamaica is to reverse its anaemic growth performance, it cannot merely solve its fiscal problems by focussing on the domestic market.

He said: "To deliver long-run sustainable growth, it has to engage in international business in a significant way."

The head of MSBM was delivering his inaugural professorial lecture yesterday, titled ''Beyond the Epistemology: International Business as a Development Tool for Small Economies', to academics, government officials, members of the diplomatic corp and students at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

The professor argued that a comparison of Singapore's and Jamaica's growth performance since the 1960s will show that export-led growth was instrumental in moving Singapore leaps ahead of Jamaica. Singapore, he noted, has done well, in part, because it engaged significantly with the global economy.


Mario Deane vigil at Emancipation Park tonight

The Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, in partnership with Jamaica CAUSE, has organised a vigil for the late Mario Deane later today between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the outskirts of Emancipation Park.

The purpose of the vigil is for the two organisations to publicly express their empathy with the family and symbolically share their grief.

Additionally, the Jamaican Church and its partners in civil society will demonstrate their concern for the manner in which accused persons are treated while in state custody.

Deane died in hospital from injuries he sustained after he was beaten at the Barnett Street police lock-up.

His funeral service will be held in western Jamaica tomorrow.


More bird hunters charged for breaches

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is reporting that two more hunters were charged with breaches of the Wild Life Protection Act in Clarendon and Portland, respectively.

A Clarendon businessman was arrested and charged for hunting game birds without a hunter's licence in Longville Park, Clarendon. The businessman is to appear in the May Pen Resident Magistrate's Court on September 25.

The other incident was in Darley, Portland, where a hunter from St James was charged for possession and hunting of ring-tailed pigeons, which are protected birds under the Wild Life Protection Act. He will appear in the Portland Resident Magistrate's Court in Port Antonio on Tuesday, September 30.

NEPA will declare the 2014 bird hunting season closed tomorrow. Anyone caught hunting after the season is closed can face a maximum fine of $100,000 or imprisonment.