What do Singapore and Congo (DRC) have in common?

At first glance, not much.

Singapore is a tiny nation, both population and territory wise, whereas Congo is a large one, in both accounts. Singapore is deprived of many of the most basic natural resources –it doesn’t even have enough supply of drinking water, not to mention any oil or minerals in its tiny territory. Congo, in contrast, has been blessed with one of the biggest mineral reserves on Earth, oil, and is also the better endowed African country in water supply.

The table below shows some very relevant information that captures a great deal of what is behind this couple of profoundly contrasting nations.

The comparison, as it can be seen, is a most dramatic one. Congo is about 15 times more populated than Singapore, in a territory 3,364 times larger. Notwithstanding that, Singaporean society managed to produce 12.6 times more output in a year (2010), and to export almost 42.9 times more than Congo. As a result of all that, output per person during 2010 was 191.3 larger in Singapore than in Congo. The comparison is indeed a most brutal one. Precisely for that reason I chose this real life case to exemplify the huge disparities and opportunities that lie in front of us, mankind. In fact, this is about the most extreme comparison of its kind to be found in the world. Unfortunately, there are tens of these real, most sorrowful stories, involving about ⅔ of mankind. Luckily, the other side of the coin shows a universe of potential, and opportunity, ahead for everybody, the unfortunate citizens of those failed nations, and the rest of the world, if this humongous drama is appropriately approached and dealt with.

How, in the world, can something like this happen? The answer, as complex as it may seem, is actually very simple: it has to do with cause/effect, the most basic of all philosophical principles. In its simplest approach, the only major fundamental difference between this couple of very contrasting nations is leadership and management (or lack thereof). The analysis can and must go much deeper than what we have already done here. GLOBALIZATION, the book, does just that, and much more, since it goes well beyond the usual analysis done elsewhere. Furthermore, it provides a specific workable, self-sustainable solution to this most painful humanitarian, social and economic paradox.

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