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Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. Omar Davies, has said that globalization has helped to create equal opportunities for all states.
According to the Minister, globalization, in particular the Information Technology (IT) revolution, has eliminated many of the differences, which previously characterized such classifications as First World and Third World nations.
Dr. Davies was addressing the annual dinner and dance of the Glenmuir Alumni Association, New York Chapter, at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in New York on May 20.
Describing Jamaica as a “cultural superpower”, particularly in music and sports, Dr. Davies said that Jamaica was now the equivalent of any First World country. He said that there was no other country the size of Jamaica with the same name recognition.
“It is a Jamaica which is steadily taking its rightful place at the forefront of a wide range of development initiatives. There is no difference between our human resource. What we need is getting the material things, the equipment,” Dr. Davies said.
He encouraged members of the audience to consider the many opportunities that they could capitalize on at this time, and urged the past students, their families and well wishers to make their assistance to the school, “one which complemented the work of the government”.
“Even if you choose not to venture back in this way, I think you could, of mutual benefit, expose your children to what Jamaica has to offer or what a school like Glenmuir High in Clarendon can do, in terms of your contribution to the world,” the Minister said.
Dr. Davies challenged the Association to join him in completing the much-needed library in time for the 50th anniversary of the school in 2008.
“I do not know if that’s your intention, but let us tonight pledge with each other, that we are going to do everything possible to complete that library,” the Minister said.
Dr. Davies; Principal, Clement Radcliffe, and Mercedes DeSouza Boothe (all past students), were honoured for their dedication and commitment to the school, country and profession.
The Science Department was recognized for its excellent pass rate in the regional examinations.