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Bridge the governance deficit

Published:Friday | November 28, 2014 | 11:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

In any civilised democracy, sustainable development can only take place if there is a predictable and transparent framework of rules and public-private institutions existing for the conduct of business within the confines of law and order.

Most successful democracies, both in the developed and developing world, have in common a predictable, transparent, open and enlightened policy, together with an executive arm of government that is held accountable for its actions. Not so in Jamaica!

If Jamaica is to extricate itself out of this governance deficit, it has to engage the citizens in a participatory framework and public affairs, where all members of the public, inclusive of government officials, agents and agencies, act under the rule of law.

Jamaica, over the years, has been experiencing governance issues, as is evidenced by the frequent scandals that have besieged governments over the years.

The economic health and social well-being of any country is directly proportional to the scale of the governance deficit, as it affects the ability of the country to achieve economic growth, crime prevention, poverty reduction and conformity to the rule of law.

FERNANDEZ SMITH

fgeorgesmith@yahoo.com

Duanvale PO, Trelawny