Date of Defense



Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Jim Butterfield

Second Advisor

Dr. Sisay Asefa

Third Advisor

Dr. William McCarty


This paper will analyze the export-led model for development by looking at the intended versus the actual results of the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) as it relates to the Caribbean country of Jamaica. The CBI was passed into law by the U.S. Congress under the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) in 1983. An exploration is made of the circumstances leading to the CBI, the main precepts and legislation of the CBI, its implementation and its effects. This paper also discusses the amendment to the CBERA, known as CBI II, which was passed into law effective October 1,1990. There will be an assessment of the results of the CBI as an export-led tool for the Caribbean and an illustration of the effect of the CBI on key industries and sectors in the Jamaican economy. There will then be an attempt to make predictions for the future trade prospects for Jamaica and the future importance of the CBI in relation to Jamaica's trade.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access