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Jamaica and the twenty-first century : how equipped is Jamaica to meet the twenty-first century.

Pinnock, Asburn Rupert, 1965- author. ;Fernandez, Ronald. thesis advisor


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  • Title:
    Jamaica and the twenty-first century : how equipped is Jamaica to meet the twenty-first century.
  • Author/Creator: Pinnock, Asburn Rupert, 1965- author.
  • Fernandez, Ronald. thesis advisor; Central Connecticut State University. Department of International and Area Studies.
  • Creation Date: 1996
  • Language: English
  • Physical Description: [7], xi, 112 leaves ; 29 cm.; paper 29 cm. ink typescript.
  • Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 107-111).
  • Subjects: Jamaica -- Politics and government -- 1962-; Jamaica -- Economic policy
  • Description: This thesis seeks to examine the present state of the Jamaican economy, in order to gain insights on how well this country will cope with the foreseeable changes of the 21st century. The study aims to answer some very important questions in regards to the impact of colonialism, imperialism and exploitation on the Jamaican economy. The conclusion will show that there is a clear relationship between Jamaica's historical legacy and its present state of development. Therefore history helps shape how well Jamaica's economy will perform in the year 2000 and beyond. Jamaica was chosen not only because the writer is sentimentally attached to the island but, more importantly, because of its geopolitical influence, classic colonial past and its present state of development. Jamaica is a small island state located in the Caribbean 90 miles south of Cuba and one hour by airplane from Miami International Airport. It is the largest of the English speaking Caribbean islands and has survived over 500 years of various forms of foreign control. However more importantly, Jamaica is located very close to one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world which facilitates trade between North America and the rest of the world. Far in excess of its geopolitical influence, Jamaica is clearly a Caribbean nation highly placed in importance with regards to United States policy in Central America and the Caribbean. Thus the focus of the research seeks to determine and identify the extent to which American neo-colonialism, and Spanish and English colonialism has retarded the Jamaican economy to the point where it will be very difficult to adjust to new challenges in this fast changing world. Other equally important questions raised about the Jamaican economy concern internal problems such as overpopulation, crime and violence, high levels of bureaucracy and corruption. These problems along with recent global changes such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) the General Agreement on Tariffs and Tax (GATT) will determine to a large extent how well Jamaica will survive in the next millennium. The work of Caribbean scholars was examined to show how Jamaica was drawn into the main stream of the international economy from as early as the 15th century. Michael Manley, Carl Stone, Norman Girvan among others pointed out that Jamaica's role in world economy was -and still is- a supplier of raw materials and a consumer of manufactured products. They argued that this position required a high level of political and economic control which resulted in a long tradition of dependency, a position that Jamaica is still in today. Government documents were also examined in order to show the present state of the Jamaica economy and the current and future plans for Jamaica. Information was also gathered from scholarly journals, newspapers articles, United Nations reports, the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Mining. Finally several recommendations were made with the hope that if some of these are taken into consideration then Jamaican will be better equipped to take advantage of the new world that is unfolding. As it is now the research has shown that Jamaica in its present state of affairs is not well equipped but has the potential to take its rightful position among the developed nations of the world.
  • Notes: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 107-111).
  • Degree Granted: M.S. Central Connecticut State University 1996
  • OCLC Number: 36134248