Let's help Venezuelans
THE EDITOR, Sir:
It was heart-warming to hear the prime minister recently expressing a desire to come to the aid of Venezuela. Ordinary Venezuelans, many skilled and experienced in the workplace, are finding it difficult to get the basics of life, including food. The New York Times reported looting of supermarkets and corner stores, and, there have been demonstrations with people demanding food.
Venezuela was very generous with its oil when the international price was high - giving Jamaica very generous terms.
It is now time for Jamaica to be compassionate once again and welcome Venezuelans here in their hour of need. Venezuelans could contribute to growing the Jamaican economy with their skills (helping to fill our acute skills gap in several areas), experience and capital. They would raise our competency level in Spanish and open up the South American market more widely to our goods and services. They could also introduce us to the oil services industry and its derivative businesses - creating good jobs for our local graduates and those aspiring to develop their careers.
Venezuelans in Jamaica would be able to help themselves, create jobs for many Jamaicans, pay taxes and help families back home - a win-win situation.