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Canterbury and Vision 2030

Published:Wednesday | January 13, 2016 | 12:00 AM


The hotel I am staying at in Montego Bay on the hillside gives me a great view of the city of Montego Bay and the sea. I see hope for the implementation of the National Development Plan Vision 2030, which is yet to be implemented.

The plan will take Jamaica, by 2030, from a developing country (not Third World country) to a developed/advanced country (not First World). We are speaking developmentally, not within a backward First World/Third World developmental context of the past that died with the collapse of the Berlin Wall 25 or more years ago, although, unfortunately for Jamaica, the media, the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, leaders, certain Cabinet ministers, persistently promote a backward developmental view.

Canterbury (as I look down from my hilltop hotel), the Jamaica Labour Party stronghold, seems to be a developmental victim of the backward First World/Third World philosophical thinking that lingers on in the present administration, highlighted by the recent fire.

Going forward, we suggest strongly that those who have responsibility for local and national development in Montego Bay, St James, focus sharply on putting Canterbury on the road to becoming part of the Montego Bay Smart City development plan under the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative.