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Jamaica's Foreign Policy: Making the Economic Development Link

Date Published: 
June, 2007
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Jamaica’s foreign policy often exhibits a “translation dilemma” where potential economic growth-inducing agreements are signed, but the country fails to realize growth. This paper examines Jamaica’s foreign policy since 1962 and highlights the challenges that Jamaica has faced in harnessing the economic growth potential of these policies, based on a case study of Jamaica’s Sugar Protocol under the Lome Agreement. Insights from this study caution that as Jamaica’s eligibility for development assistance has ceased and preferential access to European markets is coming to an end, our foreign policies targeting Latin America and China, must be pragmatic. Furthermore, to enhance economic growth the crafting of foreign policy must take account of our current asset endowment, and challenges and opportunities in the world economy.