I see there are many Jamaicans who are now waking up to the fact that we don’t need government to run our businesses (we’ll call those who work without need for government part of the informal sector).
There is much talk about the informal sector of the Jamaica economy. This ‘informal’ sector is usually spoken of in a derisive manner as it exists in a grey area that is free from taxes and government regulations. Thus, it seen as parasitic, disorganized, inefficient, and even dangerous by both privately employed and government technocrats. You know, the type that likes to say “stakeholders”, “ICT”, “paradigm shift”, and other such vacuous buzzwords.
Most of the solutions to the “problem” of the informal sector consists of having them register with government to become legitimate. The problem with this solution is that, if it made sense to register a business in Jamaica, there would be no informal sector. The sad fact is, only the most masochistic of our citizens actively choose to interact in anyway with Jamaican government, and when a citizen (inevitably) does deal with the government, he inevitable finds the…
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