The developing nations don’t need more handouts, they need roads!
By Danielle Bond,
Aug 15, 2017(Nyamilepedia) —– In Aurecon’s latest Just Imagine blog post, Portia Derby argues that whether asphalt or digital, if you want to connect people and unearth entrepreneurial talent, start by building a road. It’s time to take a leaf from history and remember what it means to build a nation.
“If you build it, they will come”. These were the illustrious words on the wind that inspired an Iowa farmer in the 1989 blockbuster, Field of Dreams, to level corn and plant a baseball diamond for resurrected legends in its stead. But the words that brought a Chicago White Sox team back from the dead are not only good for a night of ‘Totally 80s: Trivial Pursuit’. They’re just as handy in the boardrooms of world economic development.
If you build a road, they will also come.
That’s essentially the big idea that built the Silk Road and shaped the geopolitical terrain of central Asia. It’s the motive behind turnpike construction in 19th-century industrial America. And it’s still one of the greatest catalysts for growth within the developing world today.
As our technologies continue to evolve and re-craft our infrastructure solutions, the strategies to stimulate economies and untap new markets can easily appear daunting and dizzying in complexity. But history ‒ and basic economic theory ‒ could argue that the same steady logic which built the industrialised world still applies today. Build a corridor, and you by default help build a nation.
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