Challenges Accumulate

Challenges Accumulate


Jamaicans were expected to go to the polls in September and Portia Simpson Miller, the country's first-ever female prime minister, was widely expected to win re-election. The premiership comes with the poisoned chalice of chronic fiscal problems, rising unemployment and a growing wave of violent crime in the Caribbean's most populous English-speaking nation. "Whoever comes to power will have to grapple with the same issues as the current administration: reducing public indebtedness, fighting crime and improving social conditions in Jamaica," says Shelly Shetty, an analyst with Fitch, which rates Jamaica B+. "Overall, we think the Jamaican economy continues to remain vulnerable to external s

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