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“The Economy of Peace”

December 19, 2009

Article Title: “The Economy of Peace”
Submitted by: Craig Lock
Key words: South Africa, economy, peace
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Submitter’s Note:

The following are some short extracts from two novels, ‘Endless Possibilities’ and ‘Peace Lives WITHIN’ on which Craig is currently “working” (or rather they seem to be ‘writing themselves. Hope they are not too “heavy heavy”. Enjoy.

The West should do more to help local people with new investments in roads and other infrastructure, education and crop assistance.”

Corporal (General) Mullen: “We cannot kill our way to victory (in Afghanistan).”

For now at least, Syria is following a model resembling China’s: Crack down on dissent, liberate the economy and try to manage the growing gap between rich and poor.

In summary, there needs to be an open approach and a willingness to interact with a wide variety of sectors in the economy. The leaders must make decisions (brave) that liberate the economy and try to manage the growing gap between rich and poor. They should liberalise and diversify parts of the economy.

There needs to be a multi-pronged approach to peace initiaves


D iplomacy

E conomic

P olitical

S cientific

Cultural contacts (alignments)

and finally (and as a last resort),

M ilitary efforts.


ECONOMICS AND GROWTH (the ideas of a complete layman”)

Here are a few central ideas in marketing South Africa as an investment destination.

I have seen first-hand how successfully New Zealand has attracted foreign investment; so hope that the following information might be of use in your difficult task.

Some of the conditions which made New Zealand successful were as follows:

* a “stable democratic” country

* a stable currency

* stable interest rates offering a real return to investors, ie. in excess of inflation.

* relatively cheap labour?

* liberal labour laws, however with a sufficiently strong trade union movement to protect workers.

* most importantly, various investment incentives, such as tax abatements and a lower company tax rate.

* very low import and export tariffs – making it a competitive environment in which to do business.

* removal of government subsidies on virtually all industries.


New Zealand has been particularly successful in attracting investment from the “tiger” economies of South-east Asia, eg. Malasia, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan and Indonesia.

Though tiny, it is a productive efficient economy with increased exports; though deregulation and privatisation has meant some loss of jobs (especially in the civil service).

I hope that these thoughts may be of interest for what it is worth, although I realise that South Africa has it’s unique problems.

So said Mr Ishmail Pahad, Foreign Minister of South Africa to the delegation of foreign visitors and businessmen.

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“The Zimbabwean people deserve a lasting democratic settlement, that will bring reform, economic recovery and stability. We look forward to seeing the full details of the agreement. announced yesterday by President Mbeki.”

About the Author:

Craig is currently “working” on ‘Endless Possibilities’ – true inspiring stories of the human condition in overcoming seemingly impossible odds.

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at: and

“Together, one mind, one soul at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials. Change YOUR world and you help change THE world.”

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