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Business as Usual Approach by Caribbean Leaders a Worry

SOHEEThe following Editorial was written by the Dr. Malcom Grant who is the founder of the popular Facebook Group SURVIVING OUR HARSH ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT (SOHEE 20,806 members).

I just have this uneasy feeling in “my bones” with regards to the future of OUR children and their children, here in the Caribbean.

THIS IS NOT THE TIME FOR OUR LEADERS TO BE FRIVOLOUSLY GRANDSTANDING. Our current leaders, both political and non-political, need to realise that their actions (or inactions) will reverberate for generations to come, throughout OUR region.

This false sense of security that some of us have, that we are not currently and personally being affected, can be very easily razed and shattered. For the Caribbean, especially the Lesser Antilles, are in relatively close proximity, and the social (and economic) ills in one sovereign nation, can easily and quickly metastasise to affect the other proximate nations within the region.

In order for us, as a Caribbean people, to mitigate against these horrendous predictions coming true, our leaders are going to have to dig deep within and show a great sense of maturity, almost impeccable vision vision and proactive leadership. All these qualities have been in very short supply in recent years.

In the mean time, the ticking of the clock is not only becoming increasingly louder, but also moving the hands noticeably and frighteningly closer to OUR midnight hour.

We here in the Caribbean have long past the epoch of our post-independence honey moon, respectively; where we can no longer afford the luxury of continuing along the same old merry path of, “business as usual”. We are currently threading water surrounded by the globe’s most dangerous of sharks.

Time and circumstances are not on OUR side.

We have no choice but to embrace our Caribbean nations’ adulthood, not only metaphorically, but even more importantly, in a tangible, functional and sustainable manner. Thus displaying the true and quantitative meaning of independence.

WE CAN DO IT. WE MUST DO IT. IF NOT FOR OURSELVES, FOR OUR CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN.

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7 Comments on “Business as Usual Approach by Caribbean Leaders a Worry”

  1. Exclaimer May 18, 2016 at 3:38 AM #

    @ David,

    The writer has thrown out a strong challenge to all Bajans. The path that we have set ourselves in Barbados is irreversible. We are no longer robust and lack the aggression to bring change to our society.

    The concept of self-sacrifice in a post-independent Barbados is a misnomer.

    Where do we go from here? Perhaps the way of the dodo: extinction.

    https://www.bing.com/th?id=Ac0dcf0758793898ed1acf6d657614fb3&w=110&h=110&c=7&rs=1&qlt=80&pcl=f9f9f9&cdv=1&pid=16.1

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  2. David May 18, 2016 at 6:07 AM #

    @Exclaimer

    As educated citizens we have to ferret information for ourselves. It is the only way to have intelligent conversation.

    On its current development path, the Caribbean in 2050 will face unmanageable debt, poor growth, and greater socio-economic problems warns a Commonwealth report launched today at the Fourth Global Biennial Conference on Small States in Seychelles.

    The report, Achieving a Resilient Future for Small States: Caribbean 2050, considers current policies and trends in six Caribbean countries (The Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, St Lucia, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana) and makes a 34-year projection across different sectors. The research shows five out of the six countries would have a debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP) above 100 per cent – dangerous levels if growth continues to lag. Projections also suggest interest expenditure on debt is likely to sap public finances, reducing funds for development and giving rise to greater socio-economic problems.

    – See more at: http://thecommonwealth.org/media/press-release/business-usual-approach-caribbean-will-see-debt-soar-commonwealth-report#sthash.VgX1OeV7.dpuf

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  3. Well Well & Consequences May 18, 2016 at 6:43 AM #

    “We are no longer robust and lack the aggression to bring change to our society.”

    You nailed it Exclaimer…they do not lack the will, most believe the lying politicians about first world status and nonsense which does not exist, they all lack the will to aggressively pursue success, the leaders believe themselves already successfully because they now have the status and positions they require to attain wealth, so nothing else matters….every word coming out of their mouth after they see themselves as having arrived….will be a lie.

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  4. Peter Lawrence Thompson May 18, 2016 at 8:01 PM #

    The full report is available online at : http://www.keepeek.com/Digital-Asset-Management/oecd/commonwealth/economics/achieving-a-resilient-future-for-small-states_9781848599406-en#page1

    The recommendations are coherent if somewhat vague:
    1. a creative and enterprising economy in which innovation is the driver;
    2. one in which young people are fully integrated into national development;
    3. a stable society where people are safe, secure and prosperous;
    4. one in which environmental sustainability is mainstreamed into the development process;
    5. a region built on clean, resilient energy systems that make use of plentiful, local, renewable
    resources and is capable of providing stable supplies of energy to all sectors of society.

    There are general prescriptions for achieving these objectives, but the devil is in the details. The key questions about how to finance development reveal little new thinking.

    The elephant in the room is how to eliminate unsustainable debt levels. Perhaps this, along with dealing with corruption, is where we need “aggression to bring change to our society.”

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  5. Colonel Buggy May 24, 2016 at 5:40 PM #

    Guyana, a member of Caricom has a real territorial dispute with Venezuela. What support can Guyana expect from its sister Caricom nations?
    This week the President of Venezuela was busy canvassing support from Caricom nations,via a trade agreement with Jamaica, and another one with Trinidad and Tabago,where Venezuela will buy food from T&T, and T&T, in turn is going to buy gas from Venezuela.

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  6. Well Well & Consequences May 26, 2016 at 11:25 AM #

    The leaders do not support each other in the Caribbean, they do not take a stand for anything, it’s always what is in it for them….which hardly ever trickles down to the entire population….they set the standards for the current mentailty prevailing.

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