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Published:Friday | January 1, 2010 | 12:00 AM
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A wide cross section of Jamaicans are optimistic that 2010 will be a more productive year in comparison to last year. They were responding to the question, "What good do you think will happen for Jamaica this year and why?"

Marcia Griffiths, entertainer



Jamaica will be a prosperous country this year as we have all the ingredients to make it better, but it is just for the people to work together to bring out the good in the country. I am positive that we will make a turn for the better in all areas which will result in a successful country.

Bruce Bowen, president and CEO of Scotiabank Group Jamaica



The first half of the year will be challenging as I don't think it will be any better than last year, but the global market will improve. Jamaica has great ability and so by the second half of 2010, we will start seeing some improvements.

Omar Azan, president, Jamaica Manufacturers' Association



There is a possibility that more companies will be going out trying to market overseas and if we are pushing more of our exports to overseas countries, then that will be a positive thing for Jamaica. The good thing is that Government and Jamaica is pushing for agriculture, they are pushing for manufacturing, which is really where we will see most of the growth in terms of the economy.

Dr Carolyn Gomes, executive director of Jamaicans for Justice



The Government will recognise that we have to build a country based on the human rights of every individual. Hopefully, we will acknowledge the hurt calls of persons who were unjustly affected over the years, as we won't be able to move forward as a people and as a country until we acknowledge the breaches committed, and it is the responsibility of the Government to correct these breaches.