Before we get into today’s lesson, let’s define some important words.
- Relationship – the way in which two or more people or groups regard and behave towards each other.
- Interdependence – being mutually reliant on each other.
- Trade – the action of buying and selling goods and services.
- Tourism – the act and process of spending time away from home in pursuit of recreation, relaxation, and pleasure, while making use of the commercial provision of services.
- Import – bring (goods or services) into a country from abroad for sale.
- Export – send (goods or services) to another country for sale.
Now that we know the definitions of the important words that will be mentioned in today’s lesson, let’s begin.
Jamaica’s relationship with various nations
In the Caribbean, Jamaica through CARICOM (established on August 1, 1973), has an active relationship with numerous nations. This relationship allows citizens from each country to travel freely and exchange goods and services. One of the main service industries the region is known for is Tourism, which allows visitors from all over the world or within the region to experience island life in exchange for payment. Jamaica imports mineral fuels, food, beverages and tobacco from Trinidad, which is Jamaica’s major business relation in the region. The nations in the CARICOM are: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Haiti, Jamaica, Grenada, Guyana, Montserrat, St. Lucia, Suriname, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Caribbean nations are not the only countries that Jamaica imports from or exports to, nations such as Canada, The United States of America, China , Japan, Turkey and Germany are some of the main nations Jamaica has an interdependent relationship with.
The goods Jamaica imports the most are: Petroleum, Cars, Medical goods, Petroleum Gas and Crude oil. The nations main exported goods include: Aluminum, Liquor, Processed fruits and nuts, Refined Petroleum and Bananas.
Some of Jamaica’s relationships with other nations help it to develop it’s infrastructures (architecture) such as roads and government buildings. An example of this type of relationship can be seen with Jamaica’s relationship with China. Jamaica’s famous highways and toll roads were made by the Chinese and the money collected from the toll stations are used to repay them.
These relationships interdependent on each other meaning both nations are able to benefit. Without the exchange of goods, services and payment from the relationships built by the nations neither will be able to progress or achieve their set goals. Therefore it is important to make and maintain these relationships.