From:  Moçambique: Increasing economic growth and political stability in the post civil-war era:  Useful strategies:  Summary of an organizational consultation completed in November 1991

© 1992, 1999, 2016 by Stan De Loach, Ph.D., organizational consultant

11.  Political decision-making for long-range progress

In international affairs generally and in international conflicts specifically, neutrality, while often difficult to maintain, is a rational strategy for promoting and sustaining domestic economic vitality.  Whenever the situation threatens no direct danger or prejudice to the nation's interests, the incumbent political administration might sensibly follow the dictum: Establish impartial or neutral relations with all, be wedded bedfellows with few or none, and maintain rational exercise of authority at home.  Current models of this approach to maintaining national integrity included Canada, Costa Rica, and Switzerland.  The status of their economies and political systems suggests the wisdom and positive effects of adherence to this difficult-to-follow dictum.

A dual-party or multi-party political arrangement consistently averts unsolicited intervention in national affairs by major world powers.  A dual- or multi-party system remains as probably the best tactic for advancing domestic peace, prosperity, and partnership, all other factors being equal.  The other factors include the aggressive or acquisitive intentions of neighboring countries and the existing or potential psychological disposition of the people to maintain a policy of neutrality and non-intervention in foreign affairs.

Introducing English to the country as a dual national language, while perhaps temporarily unpopular, might in the long term facilitated international technical, economic, scientific, cultural, and political exchange.  Currently, approximately 9% of the world's population speak English as a native language.  The eventual adoption of English as a primary language might place the Moçambican population in a better economic position to take advantage of world order during the foreseeable future.

In all areas of political deportment and economic policy, it requires little risk or expense to review pragmatically attempts by other nations to confront dilemmas similar to those encountered in Moçambique.  Adoption of maneuvers proven effectual elsewhere under similar conditions can be a wise and rational choice.  In addition, stimulating the creativity of the Moçambican peoples with a free economy and society, will ensure that a hybridization of options occurs.  The resulting options offer the most available and advantageous paths for increasing economic growth and political stability.

Reports on consultations in other areas:
1.    Steps to stimulate and reward excellence
2.    Immigration policies
3.    Transportation
4.    Tourism: Stable source of economic, cultural, and political enrichment
5.    Education and the welfare of children
6.    Stimulating the production of key agricultural products
7.    Export strategies
8.    Rational tax and tariff structures
9.    Appeal to donated (and handy) resources
10.  Managing corruption in government personnel and services
11.  Political decision-making for long-range progress

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