The U.S. Dollar and the Jamaican Consumer

June 20th, 2018

At the risk of revealing my age I remember when the U.S dollar was equal to $5 Jamaican dollars.  At that time it was very scarce to even see currency from the United States unless you worked in the tourism sector or had relatives visiting from overseas. I don’t remember that we were in any [...]


Why should we buy Jamaican?

May 16th, 2018

It is not often that the word ‘local’ gets so much positive feedback, especially when it is attached to a label on a product. However the word reveals that the item being sold was produced locally and that is good news. Why do we need to import goods? I have always wondered why the items [...]


Jamaican Vacation

August 5th, 2010

Since the economic squeeze shows no sign of letting go, families have had to ‘downsize’ their vacation plans.  I have always been a believer of the idea that if we enjoy Jamaica then we will be more willing to protect it.  Of course, the cost to stay at some resorts makes them unreachable for the average [...]


Biting off more than we can chew

July 14th, 2010

The slogan, ‘Eat what you grow’, rolls smoothly off the tongue of most Jamaicans.  The truth, however, is that we say by our actions, ‘Eat what you import’.  Many older Jamaicans will tell of the days when the shelves were filled with Jamaican fruits and vegetables. In the ‘new’ Jamaica, the market, although still the [...]