Jamaica won’t become a fast-growing economy in a hurry; we have too many things pulling against our being very productive. We also talk much and act little. However, whatever growth we can muster, as measured by more (and better) goods and services, will seem vastly greater if we reduce (or eliminate) the many economic ‘bads’ we suffer and tolerate. You can make your own list of those, but to me they include high crime rates, tolerance of poor performance by public servants (including politicians), and inefficient enterprises kept afloat by public funds.

Growth is not like sheep: it can’t be steered nicely by a few exhortations. Unwillingness to move or change means a longer time stuck where you are.