Public Sector Transformation Oversight Committee Moves Ahead

Public sector rationalization (“transformation” sounds a little softer) is firmly on the 2017 agenda for Prime Minister Andrew Holness. If you may recall, last year’s Three-Year Precautionary Stand-By Arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) supported the Jamaican Government’s goal to “re-orient public resource allocation toward infrastructure, social protection, and security-related spending, while transforming the public … More Public Sector Transformation Oversight Committee Moves Ahead

Plastic Rice, Peter Gives Way to Peter, and Runaway Rains Bring Chaos: December 16, 2016

Life seems one great big rush, with Christmas just over a week away. There seem to be a few more Christmas parties than usual going on. Are people spending more money? It’s hard to say. The streets are clogged with traffic and stores in Kingston are getting full, but whether there is much business going … More Plastic Rice, Peter Gives Way to Peter, and Runaway Rains Bring Chaos: December 16, 2016

Jamaicans for Justice Welcomes Plan to Reform Policing Legislation

Security issues have been weighing heavily on us recently, and our relatively new Minister of National Security is seeking to find a way to make fundamental changes. “Band-aids” are easy to apply, but soon fall off. As I have noted in this blog many times before, serious and long-term reform is needed, and the sooner … More Jamaicans for Justice Welcomes Plan to Reform Policing Legislation

Curbing Corruption: Jamaica’s Imperative – Professor Trevor Munroe Speaks at the Schomburg Center

Three days ago, the Executive Director of National Integrity Action (NIA), of which I am a proud member, spoke at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library as part of the CIN 12th Caribbean Lecture Series. While his audience may have been largely members of the substantial Jamaican diaspora in that … More Curbing Corruption: Jamaica’s Imperative – Professor Trevor Munroe Speaks at the Schomburg Center

#5in4: The Economic Growth Council Looking “Cool”

Five per cent annual GDP growth in four years. That’s what #5in4 means. Doable? Well, let’s see now… The Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston was my favorite cinema before it closed a few years back; it had cozy comfortable seats but not many filmgoers. This evening it was the venue for a special event organized … More #5in4: The Economic Growth Council Looking “Cool”

An IMF Deal, Problems with Babies and the Big Cheese Heist: Jamaica, October 14, 2016

I know. I have been rather missing in action – mainly because I have been so busy with all kinds of interesting things! But my blog has suffered. I propose to make up for it in the next few days. Since the strange and difficult period of Hurricane Matthew, I get the feeling that Jamaicans … More An IMF Deal, Problems with Babies and the Big Cheese Heist: Jamaica, October 14, 2016

#GoatIslandsSaved, Please Pardon Mr. Garvey, and the PM Live From New York: Jamaica on Sunday, September 25, 2016

September has been a hectic month for me – but today, being Sunday, I am slowing down a little to admire our garden. It is flourishing for the first time in the entire year, after a series of afternoon thunderstorms this week brought heavenly rain! Give thanks. It’s been a “mixed bag” week but I … More #GoatIslandsSaved, Please Pardon Mr. Garvey, and the PM Live From New York: Jamaica on Sunday, September 25, 2016

Michael Manley: The Biography by Godfrey Smith

A part of this review appears in today’s Sunday Gleaner – incomplete and wrongly attributed to the author! The newspaper also does not mention the excellent local publishers, Ian Randle Publishers (IRP). Here is my review (yes, I wrote this!) in full.  In the context of today’s strife within the People’s National Party, the timing of this … More Michael Manley: The Biography by Godfrey Smith

Jamaican Heads IFC Operations in English-Speaking Caribbean

Congratulations are due to Jamaican Judith Green on her appointment to head IFC, an important player in development financing in the region. Here is today’s World Bank press release. In Washington, DC: Vanessa Bauza Phone: +1 202-458-1603 E-mail: VBauza@ifc.org In Kingston, Jamaica: Gerry McDaniel Phone: 876-260-3329 E-mail: gmcdaniel@worldbank.org   IFC Appoints New Head for Jamaica … More Jamaican Heads IFC Operations in English-Speaking Caribbean