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Cameron's gift has invisible strings

Published:Monday | October 5, 2015 | 10:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

He who has ears to hear, let him hear. He who has eyes to see, let him see.

Why are members of the G7 suddenly finding the Caribbean attractive? China, Japan, and Russia are having too much economic activity in the region.

The mistake in the past with Cuba and Russia, they do not want a repeat. It's mainly political, and the Caribbean islands are just pawns. What do we have in Jamaica apart from the fastest man and woman in the world? Jamaica has a certain amount of respect and influence among the rest of the Caribbean. As such, if they get Jamaica to go a certain way, it is likely that the rest of the Caribbean will follow.

Jamaica has shown that it has the capacity and skills to implement successfully IMF-led programmes of economic reform. Therefore, any economic activity that would involve large projects requiring outside expertise should benefit the Western heavyweights and not those from the East.

Beware of those bearing gifts with no visible strings. The arrangement can easily change later on down the road. Did we have this prison project earmarked in our plans?

If not, where are we going to find our share of the funds if it was not already identified? What about the annual operating cost of running this facility? Will this be another line item in the Budget?

Don't be fooled! Someone has to pick up the tab.

KENNETH GRANT

kennethgrantjm@yahoo.com