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Date: 2017-07-27 Page is: DBtxt001.php L070-IS-INFRASTRUCTURE

INFRASTRUCTURE
INTRODUCTION
There are two main differentiations between mature advanced economies and developing economies: (1) the level of education and training of the population and (2) the state of the infrastructure.
It is no accident that in the era of the European Empires that there was substantial investment in seaports and railways in order to take full advantage of the possibilities for mining, agricultural production and trade. Though the technical details of infrastructure has changed over time, the foundational idea that efficient infrastructure is essential to an efficient economy and society remains as valid in the 21st century as it has done in the 19th and 20th centuries.

This is one of the better summaries of the role infrastructure plays in society. It was articulated by Hazel Henderson, one of the pioneers of ethical investing and responsible corporate behavior.

COMMERCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE
INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT COMMERCE IN ALL ITS
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COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE
INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT ALL FORMS OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
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DISTRIBUTION INFRASTRUCTURE
THE INFRASTRUCTURE REQUIRED FOR EFFICIENT DISTRIBITION OF PRODUCTS
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EDUCATION INFRASTRUCTURE
THE INFRASTRUCTURE REQUIRED TO ENABLE EDUCATION AND TRAINING
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ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE
INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ALL PHASES OF ENERGY PRODUCTION, PROCESSING AND DISTRIBUTION
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HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE
THE INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT HEALTHCARE
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INDUSTRIAL INFRASTRUCTURE
INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT INDUSTRY AND MASS PRODUCTION
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INFRASTRUCTURE FOR RECREATION / SPORTS / ARTS
INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT INDUSTRY AND MASS PRODUCTION
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TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE
INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ALL MODES OF TRANSPORT: ROAD, RAIL, SEA and AIR
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FLOOD CONTROL INFRASTRUCTURE
FLOODS DO ENORMOUS DAMAGE WHICH WILL INCREASE WITH GROWING CLIMATE INSTABILITY
Infrastructure ... Flood Control
Global crisis
There have been major floods in all sorts of place ... Why?
Open file 0882
Infrastructure ... Flood Control
Global crisis
There have been major floods in all sorts of place ... Why?
Open file 982
Country ... USA ... Infrastructure -v- Politics -v- Big Business
The Koch brothers just kicked mass transit in the face
Open file 9154
USC-Phelps-Dunbar-Third-Coast-Reshoring
Development of the US Gulf Coast ports and industry ... 2015
'http://truevaluemetrics.org/DBpdfs/Transport/USC-Phelps-Dunbar-Third-Coast-Reshoring.pdf'
Open PDF ... USC-Phelps-Dunbar-Third-Coast-Reshoring
Christopher-Swan-Commons-Sense-2014.pdf
How technology can change the performance of infrastructure
'http://truevaluemetrics.org/DBpdfs/Ideas/ChristopherSwan/Christopher-Swan-Commons-Sense-2014.pdf'
Open PDF ... Christopher-Swan-Commons-Sense-2014

Issue
Infrastructure
Basic observation
Infrastructure has deteriorated in most parts of the “south” and is mostly dysfunctional, making any industrial productivity low.
Prevailing response
A few big infrastructure projects are in process and on the drawing board. Some are going to add value, but the maximizing of value from these projects rarely happens because of the value export of the typical business model. Meanwhile little is done to upgrade a deteriorated infrastructure.
A better response
Rehabilitation of deteriorated infrastructure is a priority, and best done by using local contractors and a maximum of local content. The process of infrastructure building should maximize value adding, and this means local labor, local capacity and local capital to the extent it is available.




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