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Human underachievement Ja's greatest crisis - Shaw

Published:Wednesday | September 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju/ Gleaner Writer

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw has identified human under-development as the greatest crisis facing Jamaica, ranking it above the country's escalating crime rate.

"The greatest crisis that Jamaica has is not the crisis of crime for which we have ZOSOs (zones of special operations) and SOE (states of emergency) - it is a crisis, but it's not the greatest crisis. The greatest crisis, in my view, is a crisis of human underdevelopment," he declared during Scotiabank's Vision Achiever Closing Ceremony at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, St Andrew, on Tuesday.

The member of parliament for North East Manchester shared the experiences that informed this view.

"Here, in this room, we see the pursuit of excellence on display. Yet, out on the street, we see young men driving cars up and down on the countryside, telling young people, 'Me have a long list fi give you. Call some people abroad and tell them [that] them win the lotto'. These are some of the challenges that we face out there, and it is the pursuit of excellence, which is the purpose of this function, that we have to use to transform our people because this crisis is a crisis of human underdevelopment."

Pointing out that one individual or company can make a positive difference, Shaw challenged his audience to become ambassadors for excellence and use their personal lives to inspire the wide-scale change so urgently needed throughout the society.