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Published:Wednesday | July 5, 2017 | 12:04 AMDr Andre Haughton

In order for a country to reap the maximum economic benefits and minimise the health and social risks associated with any commodity industry, it must first establish the correct legislative and regulatory framework to...

Published:Wednesday | June 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Andre Haughton

The modern world has made major advances in science, medicine and information and communications technology which has increased our understanding of our existence. Notwithstanding this, the world has been plagued by increasing geo-economic and geo-...

Published:Wednesday | May 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Andre Haughton

The Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce hired BOTEC Analysis to conduct research and make recommendations regarding regulations for medical cannabis and industrial hemp to help promote Jamaican economic development, investment, and local...

Published:Wednesday | May 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Andre Haughton

The Scarce Awards, held on the Weekend of May 7, at the Annuals Gazebo at the Royal Hope Gardens in Kingston, Jamaica, was truly amazing. Everyone came out looking spectacular, donning their royal ancient garments from the East. Patrons were...

Published:Wednesday | May 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Andre Haughton

The global business of cannabis is taking off on a positive trajectory and every country wants its share. Jamaica continues to gradually move forward by setting an example that the entire world will follow. Come celebrate with Scarce Commodity and...

Published:Wednesday | April 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Andre Haughton

Scarce Commodity, in association with the Ganja Growers and Producers Association of Jamaica (GGPAJ), is pleased to announce that the inaugural hosting of Jamaica's International 4/20 Cannabis Day Celebrations, Scarce Fest and Cannabis Cup held on...

Published:Wednesday | April 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Andre Haughton

What is a marijuana index?The global cannabis industry values more than US$150 billion currently. Cannabis sales in North America alone were more than US$7 billion in 2016.A marijuana index lists the stocks of the major marijuana firms. The North...

Published:Wednesday | April 5, 2017 | 12:05 AMDr Andre Haughton

The University of the West Indies (UWI) invites you to participate in the 6th annual Scarce Commodity/Innocent Plant Symposium, to be held at the Oriental Gardens beside the UWI Chapel on April 20, 2017. The symposium will feature a Cannabis...

Published:Wednesday | March 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Andre Haughton

The heated debate on the Budget revenue measures continues and the Government appears to be firm on its decision to deliver on the promise to increase the income tax threshold from $1 million to $1.5 million as of the beginning of the next fiscal year...

Published:Wednesday | March 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Andre Haughton

The Budget Debate continues and the Government has outlined its medium term debt management strategy. It shows their obligation to minimise the cost associated with Jamaica's borrowing requirements...

Published:Wednesday | January 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Andre Haughton

The World Economic Forum has outlined that the top five risks facing the global economy in 2017 are: rising income and wealth disparity; climate change; increased popularisation in societies; increased...

Published:Wednesday | December 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Andre Haughton

The Caribbean and Latin America region is attracting more attention from global investors due to an unpredictable and changing global political environment and increased volatility in asset prices/markets since the start of 2016. Global investors...

Published:Wednesday | November 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Andre Haughton

Fidel Castro was the political leader of Cuba from 1959 to 2008. He transformed Cuba into the first Communist country in the Western Hemisphere for more than six decades. Former Prime Minister of Jamaica and...

Published:Wednesday | November 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Andre Haughton

Moody's Investors Services has upgraded Jamaica's credit rating from a Caa2 rating to a B3 rating. This is a positive encouragement to the country's increased efforts to improve fiscal consolidation and other reforms that are being implemented to...

Published:Wednesday | November 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Andre Haughton

How has the economy been growing?The Jamaican economy grew by zero per cent for the July to September quarter of the 2016-2017 fiscal year after teasing us with growth of 1.2 per cent for the April to June quarter as a result of improvements in...

Published:Wednesday | October 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Andre Haughton

How did Jamaica perform this year?Jamaica currently ranks 64th in the World Doing Business Report 2016, little worse than its rank of 58th in 2015, although coming from as low as ranking 94th in 2014. Jamaica continues to perform well on the books...

Published:Wednesday | September 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Andre Haughton

In this globalised business environment, persons who wish to invest in stocks and bonds can do so with relative ease compared to 20 years ago. The global appetite for stock investments has been evolving - as more people see the need for investment,...

Published:Wednesday | August 31, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Andre Haughton

Where is the exchange rate now?The exchange rate ended closing day on Tuesday at little less than J$128 to US$1. Coming from approximately $120 to $1 at the start of January 2016, consumers anticipated the rate to plateau at US$125 to J$1 the most....

Published:Wednesday | June 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Andre Haughton

How did his presentation begin?Prime minister Andrew Holness delivered his Budget presentation last week Tuesday. As part of the new fiscal management regime, Jamaica will put legislation in place to have a fixed election date in an attempt to reduce...

Published:Wednesday | May 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Andre Haughton

Engineering economic growth is not a guessing game. The dynamics of stimulating a macroeconomy changes from business cycle to business cycle. However, one fundamental principle remains the same - sustained growth is driven by increased productivity...

Published:Friday | May 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Andre Haughton

The eagerly anticipated Budget presentation was delivered by the minister of finance on Thursday, May 12, 2016. The Government announced that it would increase the income tax threshold to $1 million as of July 1, 2016, for...

Published:Thursday | May 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Andre Haughton

What are people anticipating from the Budget today?Today, the Government announces the highly anticipated tax revenue package that will dictate the country's fiscal policy stance for the year 2016-2017.Most people are eagerly awaiting the...

Published:Wednesday | September 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Andre Haughton

In light of the popularity of our discussion recently on the issues of successfully starting a business in Jamaica, this week we give you Part II of such challenges that have continued to stifle growth, reduce the probability and survival of micro,...

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