Jamaica is unique for many reasons. Perhaps the most striking among these is that for almost every resident in the country, there is an individual living in the diaspora abroad. This near one-to-one ratio of nationals to diaspora members presents a tremendous opportunity for cross-border engagement, among people who share common cultures and histories.
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The Caribbean, more than any other region in the world,now faces a threat that has severe implications for its economic viability. This threat is the termination ofCorrespondent Banking Relationships (CBRs). Correspondent banking relationships are essential to the global payment system, facilitating cross-border transactions, particularly for international trade, remittances and foreign direct…
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Caribbean countries have largely failed to achieve the targets of the MDGs. Whether our governments purposefully assigned a low priority to the effort or were constrained by limited capacity, ignoring the MDGs may very well have been a good decision. However, it would be a mistake for Caribbean leaders not to engage the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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