Action, not a bag a mout!

October 27, 2017
Patron-client relations and clientelism abound in Jamaica

If Jamaica was paid for each conversation we had about our problems, we would be the richest country on Earth.

We have so many experts who so beautifully articulate our problems, you would think that, by now, all the problems we talk about daily would have been solved.

Unfortunately, we don't get paid to talk, but we would get paid a lot more if we focused on solutions and then took steps to actually making those solutions a reality.

We need to fix the laws that determine who can represent a constituency, but we still haven't done anything to remedy the situation. But that is only the tip of the iceberg.

Every day we get up and talk about how worrying it is that the dollar is sliding or revaluing without doing anything tangible to address the reasons behind why the problem persists.

I see people, who should know better, asking the Government why the value of the dollar is what it is, but I hardly ever hear them talk about what needs to be done to turn things around.




Why don't I hear people talk about creating products for export, incentivising companies seeking new markets outside Jamaica, encouraging innovation, all the things necessary to help us earn more foreign exchange to meet and eventually exceed demand.

That is the only way the Jamaican dollar is going to stabilise in value and control inflation even more.

We have this ganja thing going on for a few years now and we are only just granting two licences for opportunities to monetise the weed that has so many household and industrial applications. There are also a lot of youngsters here with brilliant ideas in robotics and other technological innovations that could transform this country from a struggling Third-World favela into something greater, but the only thing we want to do is talk and talk and talk.

We don't get paid for that. We get paid for doing.

Why don't the private sector and the Government collaborate on establishing or encouraging venture capitalists to take a closer look at what is going on here and see what can be developed into major money-spinners for this island nation of ours?

Part of the problem why we talk so much is the fact that the powers that be like things the way they are.

Innovation and such would only empower people, make them less dependent and harder to fool and, for some, that is not working for them.

For them, it is better to keep the people talking because the more they talk, the less they do.

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