Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Tuesday | November 27, 2012
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Wynter correct on Government's innate lethargy
THE EDITOR, Sir:

The acronyms in Robert Wynter's column 'Our Government has AIDS' (Sunday Gleaner, November 25, 2012) were apt. Successive governments have failed to execute and implement.

But another problem we have is lack of vision. There is an unwillingness among political representatives on both sides of the Parliament to put political agendas aside and meet for the sole purpose of reviewing and planning for the implementation and execution of task, assignments and projects.

The Government cannot do it on its own! There is the need for the private sector to assist in providing expertise and support in building the nation without becoming political. Therein lies the biggest problem. Sides are taken and the focus shifts from working for the people and the nation, to criticising each other, to no end.

There is a lot of hot air being circulated by so-called intellectuals and wannabe politicians. This, in my opinion, is our AIDS (acquired implementation deficiency syndrome) and AEDS (acquired execution deficiency syndrome)!

Jamaica has the opportunity to dig ourselves out, but we are unable to gather our resources, local and abroad, to use to our benefit. What can each of us contribute to uplift Jamaica?

I start by saying:

1. We need to revise strategies to systematically improve our standard of living.

2. We need to strategically revise our education system and how we socialise our children.

3. We need to eat our own food, even when it is initially more expensive to produce than to import.

4. We need the private sector to help in promoting competitive business development.

5. We need to build new industries that are globally competitive.

6. Use our history, artistic talents and current successes to create attractions all around the island and in upgrading and rebranding downtown Kingston.

7. Begin to promote new housing-sector proposals to include semi-detached houses, apartment and condo living as solutions to the rising housing demand. Use amenities like parks, pools, etc. to attract buyers. Mixed-use residential and commercial districts are encouraged.

We need visionary leaders who are willing to implement change beyond their tenure, not talk-shop failures.

OTMAR MELHADO

otmarmelhado@gmail.com

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