Pro­fes­sor Den­sil Wil­liams, ex­ec­u­tive director of the Mona School of Busi­ness and Man­age­ment at UWI, Mona Cam­pus

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

“If you look at both can­di­dates’ in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the econ­omy, this is where the big is­sue is go­ing to be for Ja­maica. Trump, on one hand, says he wants to ‘make Amer­ica great again,’ mean­ing that he will be bring­ing back Amer­i­can jobs and he will not be out­sourc­ing a lot of Amer­i­can jobs. That will have im­pli­ca­tions for coun­tries like Ja­maica. Things like our busi­ness process out­sourc­ing (BPO) sec­tor. That will be im­pacted if a Trump pres­i­dency comes into be­ing and he de­cides that he’s go­ing to keep most of these Amer­i­can jobs on their shore. Maybe, also, we’re go­ing to see tighter im­mi­gra­tion with a Trump pres­i­dency, and that will have im­pli­ca­tions for the move­ment of Ja­maicans.

“On the other hand, what I’ve heard Sec­re­tary Clin­ton say is that ‘we want open bor­ders’, and with open bor­ders, what you should be see­ing if those prom­ises come to hold, is that there would be much bet­ter man­age­ment of is­sues to deal with im­mi­gra­tion. But, also, I would have ex­pected un­der a Clin­ton pres­i­dency, since you’re not hear­ing much about try­ing to stop Amer­i­can jobs from go­ing over­seas, what you will see is a more favourable cli­mate for things like out­sourc­ing to the BPO sec­tor. It is very clear, though, that these peo­ple are run­ning on a ticket to bring back Amer­ica to its glory days, and I don’t think they will en­ter into any pol­icy de­ci­sion that is go­ing to be in­im­i­cal to Amer­ica’s in­ter­est. So any­thing that you’re go­ing to get in Ja­maica must be some­thing that they are also go­ing to ben­e­fit from.”

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