December 13, 2017

A community should not retain divide and discrimination

Community represents all the people living in a particular area or region and sharing feeling and things belonging to a group by another. If groups of people or countries are presumed to be a community, no words such as ‘divide’ or ‘discrimination’ are worth to be used together with community.
ASEAN member countries are now making efforts to form a community at the end of 2015. However, some senior government officials have forecast it would be able to operate as a single market in full swing till 2020. He pointed out income gaps and different economic levels.
While some member countries are standing atop in the list of world’s most developed and wealthiest countries, few countries remain under poverty line. In this circumstance, financial and material supports of developing countries for least developed countries are very fundamental for development.
Adequate infrastructure has long been viewed as an important issue in economic development. Actually, better infrastructure, both equality and quantity, promotes income equality, while the link between investment and income distribution is weak.
There are strong evidences in many countries that infrastructure improves productivity and growth at both macroeconomic and microeconomic levels. Infrastructure development is an underlying reason to promote equality through enhancing access to productive opportunities by the poor and the disadvantaged.
Investment is the only reason to promote income equality. Enhancement of equality also relies on the policies to promote education, employment in formal sectors and financial development.
The development divide within ASEAN is multi-faceted, while a striking feature is differences in per capita incomes. The difference of per capita income among the member countries are up to 40 times among some countries.  However, a community should not have divides and discrimination to ensure a solid unity.

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