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Friday, December 21, 2012

Finding Identity

I figure its best to end the year with a post and to regain some momentum for a busy 2013. Dominica continues to be an interesting mish mash of politics , personalities and superstitions.

As someone once remarked to me it is ironic that two of the most powerful influences on the people usually have no qualifications and almost no responsibility for their utterances and actions.

Politicians and Preachers.

Across the region the problem gets replicated though its magnified in certain jurisdictions and lessened in others. The pragmatism of life means most people put their heads down and just deal with daily life, but if you sit back and ponder the ridiculousness of it all, it really is 'something else'.

2012 has been a rebound year business wise personally though the economy in the Caribbean is still stagnated.

Dominica hasnt resolved what it wants to be. Is it a tourism destination ? Not yet. Dominicans have not yet considered what it is to be a service based economy. Is it an agricultural haven. No. The farmer is a dying breed and the status quo businesses are actually ushering in the death of agriculture by pushing more and more cheap imported goods on a market which values price above health and taste.

Is it a manufacturing locale ? No. The energy costs are too high and the red tape is still too thick. Ontop of that you have a serious issue with work ethic, which makes me remember John Dyson, former coach of West Indies, talking to the fact that West Indian cricketers resented being told what to do. So sometime in 2013, a serious discussion should start with understanding what the island is.

Creating managed expectations is a key part of life. Many people have decided by the age of 30 odd what they want to be. Life doesnt afford them much opportunity to keep on dithering about it. Dominica is in country terms still an infant, but that debate hasnt happened and we are a generation away from both a population and a statesman (or woman) who can take us there. In the meantime politicians and preachers will talk about changing the names of mountains and fixing the roads. Enjoy the Season.