Caribbean Highlights

Issues of relevance to Caribbean Development from around the region

Coping with a $20b windfall
Author:  Raffique Shah

This issue focuses on the importance of using economic resources to  develop human capacity as a means of improving the quality of life in the region and reducing inequity.  It is through the development of human resources that economic productivity will increase, and existing wealth can be properly managed.  The key areas in terms of the development of human resources are Health and Education.  The absence of this kind of vision has meant that these very important areas of human development have been, by and large, neglected by Caribbean policy makers .  Certainly this must figure as one of the major reasons why the region has not achieved the status of developed societies.  Another issue of importance raised in this article is the need for an informed and proactive population for proper governance.  You are invited to read this article and make your comments by clicking on this link.

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Corruption and Mismanagement in High Office
Articles from the Jamaica Gleaner and the Trinidad Express

This issue relates to the question of corruption and mismanagement in public office and the implications for the process of development in the Caribbean Region. The cases of  the Netserv fiasco in Jamaica and the Biche Secondary School debacle in Trinidad and Tobago point to the wider question of the role of the state in the development process. Neo-liberalists have made the case that it was due to the corrupt and inefficient hand of Government why the countries of the Region became subject to Structural Adjustment policies administered by the World Bank and the IMF beginning in the mid 1970s.  Although this argument ignores the contribution of the wider global setting to the problems that beset the Region at the time, it ought not to be entirely discounted. The policies that followed over the next 30 years emphasized minimal levels of Government involvement. The dire consequences that the people of the Region have faced as a result of these policies are well known. In recent times this strict laissez faire approach has fallen into disfavour. The legitimacy and importance of Government's involvement in the social and economic planning process in partnership with the private sector and the NGO community is now recognized. The cases of Netserv in Jamaica and Biche in Trinidad and Tobago raises the question of whether the culture of governance in the Region has changed much from the days of the 1970s. Can the poor and disadvantaged in our societies bear the burden of another round of 'Government failure'?  You are invited to read these articles and make your comments by clicking on this link.  

Hassle Free Travel for US Citizens but Not for CARICOM Citizens? - Right here in the Caribbean?
Editorial from The Express Newspaper - Saturday May 4, 2002

Although Caribbean integration has long been on the political agenda of countries of the Caribbean Community, the political leaders are seen as giving only lip service to this objective. Recently in the midst of activities to provide free movement of Caribbean peoples within the region in order to prepare for the Caribbean Single Market Economy (CSME), the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago announced his government's intention to allow US citizens to enter this country without passports.  Needless to say, the immediate question asked by many, was What about CARICOM's citizens? make your comments by clicking on this link.