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Do you think short-term Growth can transform Jamaica?

Published:Monday | August 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Dr Mark Nicely, President of the Jamaica Teachers' Association

No, I think it's going to take the long term for growth to take place in Jamaica. I think the Government is on a particular track, but there are two different stories as it relates to whether or not that will yield the kind of success that we desire.

My primary concern would be as it relates to the individuals in the country who are employable, educated and even possess tertiary-level education but are not gainfully employed. These persons have a desire to contribute to productivity but are not able to do so. That imbalance needs urgent attention and that, in my view, will facilitate growth and productivity.

Brian Pengelley, President of the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association

It's very difficult for growth to take place in the short term. Growth needs a strategy. It also needs thorough planning and then you move to execute it, so depending on what you call the short term, then it would be difficult.

I head the manufacturing sector and manufacturers are willing to play their part, but we and most businesses need government policies that will encourage people to invest in Jamaica; that's where growth is going to come from.

Trevor Fearon, CEO of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce

For growth to be meaningful, it must be sustainable. We should not be looking for overnight results; we should be planning and implementing measures for the long term.

Growth is a dynamic process that is planned and delivered over time if it is to be sustainable. If we use the logistics hub as an example, we have to ensure that we have the legislation and regulations in place, that we are out in the market looking for the partners to work alongside Jamaica! We have to begin a process and carry it through.

Marjory Kennedy, President of the Jamaica Exporters' Association

We need to focus more on long-term growth. A huge problem in society is that too many people are trying to make a fast buck.

In addition to the agro parks, they need to have a proper management system in place, an agro business centre, something similar to the Agricultural Marketing Corporation of the 1970s.

The farmers could bring their produce to these centres, where they would be graded. After that, depending on the grade, they would decide where to send them - whether it is to the hotels, processing industries, or for export. This would be critical to the complete success of the agricultural sector.