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