Promoting Caribbean science and technology-intensive development through brain circulation: The case of biotechnology in Jamaica

Jackson, Jason
June 2011
Canadian Foreign Policy (CFP);2011, Vol. 17 Issue 2, p115
Academic Journal
This article addresses the role of skilled migrants in Caribbean science, technology and innovation policy. It asks: how can Caribbean countries that experience high levels of skilled out-migration capture the benefits of their diasporas through brain circulation? What policies and institutions are required to allow Caribbean countries to harness the knowledge and skills that exist within their diasporas so as to boost development efforts at home? How can the strong trade and diplomatic relations that exist between Canada and the Caribbean be harnessed towards achieving mutually beneficial immigration and economic goals? The article applies experience from South Korea and Taiwan to the Jamaican biotechnology sector to show how highly skilled diasporas can act as conduits of knowledge and technology and thus serve as a crucial pillar in the development of a technology-intensive Caribbean economy. What is required is the creation of appropriate institutional mechanisms to facilitate strategic interactions between policy makers, the private sector and members of the diaspora.


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