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Jamaica

January 2011 | Risk Summary

With one of the highest crime rates in the world, Jamaica scores just 30.0 out of 100 in the 'social stability' subcomponent of our proprietary short-term political risk ratings, dragging the aggregate score down to 58.8. Going into 2011, we will watch closely to see whether the government's goal of improving the country's historically poor crime figures - homicides rates have hit 60 per 100,000 inhabitants in recent years - have any discernible impact. Unfortunately, despite Police Commissioner Owen Ellington's recent comments that the Jamaica Constabulary Force will be increasing its efforts to tackle organised crime, the deep-rooted nature of Jamaican crime suggests to us that it is unlikely to make a significant dent in reducing overall criminal activity.

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