The Global Village
You Can Bring the World to the Village or the Villager will Go to the World
A day does not pass without hearing news of hundreds and sometimes thousands of refugees risking their lives to arrive in Europe from Africa and other 'so called' Middle Eastern countries, through its back door, usually Sicily. The politicians debate daily on how to solve the problem. Some say to block them from leaving North Africa. Others say to destroy the boats that bring them across those perilous waters.
We say to give them a reason not to leave their homes in the first place and to create the conditions, so that when they leave, they do so on an airplane for a shopping trip to Paris or London. People who are willing to risk their lives for the hope and dream of a better life, will be amazing partners in any endeavour. THEY have courage and determination and certainly will not disappear on you for an aperitivo if you have to step up the production pace to meet your deadline of order for Widgets Made in Africa.
Just like with the DON'T SHOOT PROJECT, we create Production Clusters in rural areas, harnessing the Values and Strengths of the Village and produce a specific set of related goods that we market through our networks. We stop all the foolish talk and time wasting and we plug the Villagers into the Global Markets through our networks and the networks of our partners. We become their partners and we treat them fairly. We share the profits equitably from our operations, not like our colonialist predecessors who simply looted Africa, not thinking about the eventual consequences which we see today.
We partner with Governments, Business and Traditional Leaders and quickly develop strategies and conscious policies appropriate for “late–late” developing states in order to not only “catch up” with the “developed world.” but in many cases to leapfrog them.
- The developmental state paradigm stresses the critical role of state intervention in these countries’ economies and focuses on the institutional and political bases of effective state intervention. The term “developmental state” closely resembles what Niblock calls “state-sponsored capitalism” or what Kohli calls “cohesive-capitalist” states.
- Developmental states are furthermore characterised by an active and interventionist role for governments in the pursuit of a strong developmental agenda.
- A deeply felt urge to “catch up” to colonial masters, and the developed world in general, is often a central motivation for this.
- The concept of “developmental state” is closely associated with the so-called East Asian model of development. This model dates back to the 1920s, when Japan commenced its development drive to catch up to the 'so called' First World, and has since the 1950s spread throughout East Asia. It builds upon significant government interventions in the economy. As Jei Guk Jeon argues, the East Asian model is based on a pragmatic mix of state guidance with private initiatives; he points to Park Chung Hee’s “guided capitalism,” Chiang Ching-kou’s “planned free economy,” and Lee Kuan Yew’s “half socialist half capitalist” principles of economic development.
- "This model encompasses two key features:
- (a) High investment rates stemming mainly from foreign direct investment [FDI], and
- (b) An outward orientation emphasising labor intensive manufactured exports requiring extensive commercial networks worldwide. Our group will create these networks and just plug our Global Village and DON'T SHOOT partners into these networks and the local marketing support mechanisms, which we create and operate for them. Traditionally the single entrepreneur in an undeveloped context has neither the know-how, nor the capital to accomplish this, therefore forcing them to be marginal players operating on the fringes.
- Multinational corporations often play a dominant role in both aspects—supplying FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) and mass-producing goods for the export markets.” This means a rapid increase in the jobs available to the local communities, while we also support the local entrepreneurs, ramping up their capabilities.
- Since the 1990s, this model — especially the development experience of Singapore — has served as an important inspiration for development planners in Dubai. As highlighted by Nabil Ali Alyousuf, director general at The Executive Office in Dubai, Singapore became a reference point for Dubai because of the similarities between the two countries — especially in vision and proactive leadership. Like Singapore and Hong Kong, Dubai is a small city–state and entrepot. These three have followed a special development path—a path that Haggard terms “entrepot growth” and that the development literature considers atypical.
- Our target zones for development in Central and West Africa has agricultural opportunities and large land masses which places like Dubai just do not have. So their are massive opportunities for the production of food first for local consumption and eventually for export.
- An entrepôt or entrepot is a port, city, or trading post where merchandise may be imported, stored and/or traded, typically to be exported again like free zones. In the days of wind-powered sailing, such centers had a critical role. In modern times customs areas have largely made such entrepôts obsolete, but the term is still used to refer to duty-free ports with a high volume of re-export trade. This type of port should not be confused with the modern French usage of the word entrepôt, meaning warehouse. To play the game you have to also talk the talk, so we will use the technical terms with explanations.
The future of life on Earth as we know it is in our hands!