Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Tuesday | January 15, 2013
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Questions for Peter Phillips
THE EDITOR, Sir:

1. Should countries like Jamaica build their development strategies around growth, or should they rather focus on jobs?

2. Can entrepreneurship be fostered, especially among the many micro-enterprises in developing countries like Jamaica, or are entrepreneurs born?

3. While jobs can contribute to social cohesion in Jamaica, is there anything governments can do about it, apart from trying to support job creation?

4. Are greater investments in Jamaica in education and training a prerequisite for employability, or can skills be built through jobs?

5. Should efforts to improve the investment climate in Jamaica target the areas, activities, or firms with greater potential for job creation?

6. What is the risk that policies to foster job creation in one country will come at the expense of jobs in other countries?

7. When confronted with large shocks and major restructuring, is it advisable to protect jobs and not just people?

8. How can the reallocation of workers be accelerated from areas and activities with low productivity in Jamaica to those with greater potential?

Something to think about, Dr Peter Phillips.

CHARLES DEMONTAQUE

(PhD)

charlesdemontaque@yahoo.co.uk

Surrey, United Kingdom

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