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Jamaica's Exit from CARICOM

  

The Caribbean Community (Caricom) is an absolute and irrefutable disaster for the Jamaican people and for Jamaica's growth agenda. There is no tangible benefit. There is only pontification by intellectuals and elites who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.

I must make myself clear. The goal and focus of Caricom is a noble one. To theoretically allow companies to gain economies of scale through a single market, allow skilled labour to move freely, and facilitate free trade within the region is wonderful. But this is not the case.

Jamaica is getting a raw deal. This is to say Jamaica is being abused, neglected, and discriminated against by a member state with little or no consequences. At this point the reader will know I'm taking issue with Trinidad & Tobago. It is well known that Jamaica is being decimated in terms of trade due to what I believe is unfair treaty-compromising behaviour. Trinidad subsidises their manufacturers. Trinidadian companies have been accused of illegally misrepresenting the nation of origin on products they export to avoid tariffs. And Trinidad actively discriminates against Jamaicans entering their country.

Though Jamaican and Trinidadian trade is on the decline, the figures remain preposterous. In 2015, Jamaica imported $462 million worth of goods from our great friend Trinidad, while they received a measly $7.7 million worth of Jamaican goods. Jamaica has never exceeded $20 million in exports to Trinidad and Jamaica has consistently received over $400 million worth of goods. The reader should note that in 2008 the Jamaican people maintained and created thousands of jobs in Trinidad by importing $1.52 billion worth of goods. The numbers are unbelievable. It logically follows that our leaders are corrupt, stupid, or both.

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