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Leverage remittances for growth

Published:Tuesday | November 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM


I must congratulate Dr Winston Adams on his very insightful and imperative advice ('Increase training of professionals to cover for attrition, migration or export', Gleaner, November 12, 2017) to the Government to industrialise the emigrating Jamaican professionals with a view to significantly expand our vibrant remittance sector as carried in The Gleaner of November 12, 2017.

The propensity of our best trained professionals to migrate, principally within the Americas and to Europe for decades now, has been a serendipitous gold mine that we have failed to exploit as we embark on the prosperity ladder for the economic transformation of our beloved country, Jamaica.

I am, therefore, calling upon the Government to immediately implement the following:

• Begin to invest heavily in the training of our specialist teachers, nurses, police, army, chefs, household helpers, hospitality workers by empowering the Ministry of Labour to promote Jamaica as the premier emigrant employment capital of the world.

• Structure the secondary- school training programme to identify candidates for training in various fields from early so as not to waste scarce resources, as we now do in areas for which there is minimal or no demand.

• Empower JAMPRO to market and coordinate with key recruiting agencies.

• Make an analysis of our demand for the various categories of employees and allocate a workable budget to sustain this very promising national treasure.