Given what now prevails, within 10 years I would like for Jamaica to have a more mature democracy where leaders are held to a higher standard of accountability, in keeping with the spirit of the Westminster parliamentary model.
An important component of maturity is policy continuity around the big issues that have an impact on the lives of most Jamaicans.
We also all agree that poverty reduction and ensuring a solid education for each child are critical development goals.
To make this a reality, it is important that civil society continues to have a strong voice and to follow through with tenacious, meaningful action.
We should also safeguard the various commissions of Parliament that are meant to increase probity and accountability in public life from political interference.
A well-funded and managed specific capital budget for inner-city intervention has to be done along non-partisan lines
We also need well-funded remedial programmes to ensure no child is shuffled through the system without all being done to ensure critical literacy skills are achieved.
I encourage young business people to take the time to identify the gaps and needs, and focus on trying to fill those gaps by solving a problem for companies and households. They can then carefully assess the costs associated with delivering a high-quality solution, and determine the costs and potential revenue from investing in that idea. There are many opportunities right here, but we should also think globally."