Ian Lyn, managing director, CarMax Jamaica
In the next 10 years, I would like to see Jamaica become a republic with a powerful congress and senate that represents the will of the people and not only special interests, as is the order of the day today.
This Westminster system is too easy to corrupt and the arrogance of leadership is not challenged in the way that even the president of the United States of America is challenged (look at Obamacare). We need policy changes mainly in our Ministry of Justice and to our inadequate court system. These have contributed to the high crime wave we currently see in Jamaica.
We need social intervention through tax compliance, where the billions lost from persons evading taxes could be used to save our youth, as well as more skills-training institutions throughout Jamaica.
Some ideas that could make my wishes a reality are:
1 Build e-military school at Up Park Camp that would be strong on discipline and responsible adult behaviour. It would primarily target underprivileged youth.
2 More trade schools throughout Jamaica would ideally also target youth who are not interested in academics.
3 The people should lead a rallying cry to the Govern-ment and Opposition to change the way we govern and to seriously stomp out corruption.
I would encourage young graduates of high school and college to create employment opportunities and build businesses for themselves, because there are not many jobs in Jamaica today. Create workable ideas for yourselves by studying the area that you wish to go into and skilfully applying that knowledge to your business. The key is to never give up, no matter how hard it gets. It is better to have a struggling business than to beg another man for a job. Don't be like Lazarus, who had to beg for crumbs.