Why is Jamaica a Third World Country?

source: tradingeconomics.com

By Kadian Clarke, Contributed:

Jamaica unfortunately wears the label of being a third world country, but why so? Why is Jamaica considered as a third world country?

How about a quick background for you?

A Third World is a phrase used to describe developing nations. This phrase arose during the cold war to identify countries whose views did not match with NATO and capitalism or the SOVIET UNION and communism.

These countries are classified as poor and underdeveloped. They have poor infrastructure, low levels of education, improper sanitation, poor access to health care and heavy dependence on industrialized nations.

The World Bank also adds that developing countries as those with a gross national income under US $11,905.00 per capita per year.

Now, Jamaica is a third world country or still the same, a developing country, because it has most of these characteristics.

Statistics show that the gross national income per capita per year for Jamaica between years 2006 and 2017 ranges from $7,490.00 - $8, 690.00.

Jamaica’s economy is encouraged mainly by Tourism, Mining and Agriculture. The Tourism industry controls most of the economic performance of the country.

Note also that the global economic downturn between 2007 and 2009 also negatively affected Jamaica’s economy.

By the way, did you know that there are so called fourth world countries, and even fifth world countries?

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  1. Third World. Retrieved from https://www.investopedia.com/terms/t/third-world.asp

  2. Is Jamaica a Third World Country? Retrieved from https://www.reference.com/world- view/jamaica-third-world-country-f986e4b7f25d6b39

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Mar 29, 2019
by: Anonymous

As a Born and raised Jamaican that constantly travels .... Majority of this is crap!!!!! There’s crime and proverty every where every country state and so forth .... There is so much beauty in Jamaica .... they just don’t show that side..... Jamaica is a beautiful island full of natural resources and we deserve better acknowledgment.

Mar 02, 2019
Opportunity and joint ventures
by: 2 dogs *%}^€£

Jamaica is not a dangerous country if you are a honest caring person. The solution to the poverty is farming. They got the weather and the soil and water. They just need partners and a strong relationship with long term goals. Not profits as a mission. Farming is a cycle. Profits will follow. Jamaica imports a lot of food for the tourists. It could easy be self sufficient on that sector. Also a major problem on the island is plastiic pollution. If the government would invest in a recycling plant , they could buy the plastic off any willing Jamaican that wants to collect it.

Feb 28, 2019
by: Insight

If this Country depends on tourism. They need to upgrade their security. As I don't get off the criuse boat while docked. Due to crime rate and the constant and aggressive panhandeling and often being approached to buy drugs...

Feb 20, 2019
Real talk
by: Anonymous

As a patriotic jamaican not matter what, we have way too much potential to be in our current situation.

Nov 30, 2018
Fourth and Fifth World Countries
by: Ms. Bennie

Please indentify these Fourth and Fifth World Countries. Interesting to know this. What can be done to make Jamaica no longer a Third World Country.

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