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Overcoming the problem of corruption in Jamaica

The following is an excerpt from a speech given by Contractor General Greg Christie at the 26th annual installation of the president and officers of the Rotary Club of St Andrew North on Monday, June 25, 2012.

Much has been said about this deadly scourge of corruption that has now invaded an adulterated Jamaica.

While corruption is by no means a phenomenon confined to Jamaica, it is considered by many to be the largest single impediment to our country’s attainment of sustained economic growth and development.

Defined generally as the abuse of public office for private gain, corruption, which is often driven by individual greed and dishonesty, is now a major global concern, if only because there is abundant evidence that it has the capacity to undermine democracy, and the rule of law, as well as to drive fragile and developing countries, like Jamaica, towards State capture or State failure.

Given the magnitude of its potential impact and its alarming and corrosive effects, the issue of corruption, is something which should not be treated lightly by the populace or, for that matter, by the government of any country.