THE EDITOR, Sir:
What is causing the rapid slide of the Jamaican dollar? The haves really don't care about the have-nots! We continue to import foreign goods for the taste buds of the rich and wealthy, while the poor are getting poorer and poorer.
Jamaica is a member of the World Trade Organisation, but I strongly believe we could ask for a reprieve considering the financial crisis the country is in. We need to stop the excessive, non-essential imports to bring a balance to trade.
An example of this is the Bank of Jamaica's (BOJ) engagement of an overseas firm to supply uniforms for its staff. How in God's name can the BOJ claim to be taking control of the slipping dollar when it is contributing to it with the purchase of scarce foreign exchange to purchase non-essential foreign goods?
We need to pay attention to those who import raw material for goods to be exported and either remove the duty or defer it, allowing them the leverage to settle payments with suppliers.
The Government needs to understand that it is the poor who are suffering from this devaluation of the dollar - the very same 'poor' that this Government cares about. Please demonstrate your care and concern for the poor and take a responsible role in managing the economy.