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Business Leaders on Jamaica at 50 - We should be a developed nation in a few years, says Diana Stewart

Published:Monday | June 4, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Diana Stewart

In less than three months, Jamaica celebrates 50 years of Independence. As we approach this milestone in our country's history, business leaders have been expressing the sentiment that Jamaica could have been much farther ahead in its development. We will hear from them as the countdown continues.

  • We should be a developed nation in a few years, says Stewart

Keisha Hill, Gleaner Writer

Diana Stewart, managing director of Stewart's Auto Sales Limited, is of the view that at this juncture, Jamaica, with its rich history and culture, should be number one in the world.

"We are stunning, artistic and creative with everything that we do," Stewart said. "However, we are not doing as well as we should. The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica needs to collaborate with the public sector in a private-public sector partnership to bring Jamaica to being number one," Stewart said.

More emphasis, Stewart said, should be placed on health tourism, stating that it will make a difference in how young people are educated coming into the field. Included under the umbrella of health tourism, she stated that Jamaicans should continue to develop local products to meet international standards.

"We need to reinvest in these products - our herbs and spices, tubers - from which we can get medicinal properties. I really wish that in a few years we will stop considering ourselves as a developing country, but as a developed nation," Stewart said.

She added that the country should start capitalising on Brand Jamaica as everyone has jumped on the bandwagon, especially with the country's latest exploits in sports.

"We are no utilising and investing enough in it. Why are we not making our own flags, and even the clothes that these athletes are wearing on the international stage?" Stewart said.