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The Jamaican economy is an ailing economy and a prime example of an impoverished nation with an inadequate manufacturing infrastructure limited nation and agricultural assets and declining foreign investments With a decline in foreign investments Lee Bailey President of Cruise Shipping Association who was a guest on the television program A Nation In Crisis on November 2nd 2000 at 830 pm live on TV J stated that with no water no roads no infrastructure why would foreigners want invest Why would they want to build a home with these conditions Mark Kerr Jarrett President of Montego Bay Camber of Commerce another guest on A Nation In Crisis stated that law and order must be returned to the streets in order to sell the nation to foreign and local investors He also said people must reinvest to increase the income of the nation Jamaica has experience a deteriorating economy along with falling living standards for over 15 years as a result of a heavy debt a devalued currency and societal malaise The government is still repaying monies they have borrowed from international leading agencies such as the international Monetary Fund IMF and the World Bank Payment of 36 billion in foreign debt alone consumes 49 of the total budget A series of floods and hurricanes that ravaged the country exposed the governments poor emergency relief preparation forcing authorities to solicit extensive loans from abroad These debt burdens are an amount of money borrowed together with repayments of interest Listed below are reasons for an ailing economy a Inflation b Balance of payments deficit c Balance of trade deficit d Government measures stop-go policies related to change in government e Heavy dependence on imports f Debt burden on government g Heavy unemployment h Low levels of exports i Lack of policy cohesion j Lack of labor mobility Abiraj 387 Some of the reasons why countries have to borrow money from international
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