Development Planning in Jamaica must be proactive

HILFSMITH

For too long Jamaica’s planning for development has taken a neo-colonial approach with much of the plans being static and outdated technical documents. In that approach the predominant inclination have been to extract and export, which is characteristic of that approach and has evidently not served us well. Previous planning documents serve as voluminous ornaments for bookcases in offices at best and rodent fodder in storerooms at worst. The itinerant nature of development therefore calls for a process that will be able to pre-empt and forecast the nature of development. Subsequently there cannot be a mechanism intending to control development but rather to manage this process. Lets have a conversation…

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