Typically when an article mentions Jamaica, it’s part of a list of nice places to visit in the Caribbean, a port of call for a cruise ship or maybe part of a profile on Reggae music. Jamaica is rarely mentioned as a good place to do business. But one entrepreneur is trying to change that. His name is Kirk-Anthony Hamilton, and in 2015 he was recognized by President Obama and the White House as one of 75 emerging global entrepreneurs — and the only one to be recognized from the Caribbean. He has since taken his message to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as one of 50-Under-30 leaders from the Global Shapers Community — and also to The World Bank and US Embassy in Jamaica.
And What Do You See For The Future Of Jamaica?
“I am extremely bullish, hopeful and positive,” says Kirk. “We just had a change in government and the party that won ran on a message of ‘Poverty to Prosperity.’ That’s very different for Jamaica, and not a message that you typically hear. And with the outgoing government having been successful at passing a significant number of International Monetary Fund tests, I’m very hopeful. That, combined with all the other accolades, and you really have to be proud. Hopefully, what will emerge is the Jamaica that just about every Jamaican person has always imagined or figured is possible. We are a globally recognized name, and there is this underlying belief that something better has to be out there for this island. And I believe that it is coming.”
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Garrett Gunderson is the founder and Chief Wealth Architect of WealthFactory.com, and a financial advocate for entrepreneurs.