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Submitted by John Paton on
I agree with much of what has been written but would underscore the aspect of education. We will only get real economic growth if we have well educated populations - with education comes health and security, more effective civil society and insistence on accountability. If people understand better what government policies and actions have on their lives they are in a better position to do something about it. In the meantime, since getting a population to an educational standard that is comparable to more developed economies takes a generation or more (so not an attractive area for politicians to espouse given the relatively short parliamentary terms), we can tinker at the edges such as infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing and so on but none of this has a lasting impact until we have populations capable of making better use of these resources.