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miércoles, 23 de febrero de 2011



We think the world of trade was perhaps unimaginable to our grandparents. While we strive to predict the unpredictable is not difficult today for us to think of relationships, interdisciplinarity and internationalization even though the Colombian government lacks much farther in the attachment to the globalization phenomenon.
While this article does not try to make a recipe on how to take the lead or the failings of the nation, this center section that is striking in Lauchin Currie, a "missionary" who dared to produce a development model modeled for the case of Colombia and became insignificant for our history, where apparently, there is only room for Bolívar, Bolívar and (...) the Conservatives.

Mr. Currie comes to Colombia as a delegate of the World Bank to develop, as mentioned above, a joint strategy to potentiate the country's economy. However, before making final assessments must be admitted that in Colombia, Currie will not be ignored. When 60 years ago, we talked of little buildings and backwardness in the field multiforme, Currie dared to talk about employment and infrastructure. Very Keynesian M., chatted about the state's responsibility to create decent jobs and damage arising out of the streets and re-build-well, the idea sounds crazy, but managed to leave the U.S. and the crisis of 29 - was specimen that what we have to be called the Case Colombia, a country still had to improvise. From the most basic unit, which are the cities, Currie made a revolution that is far from informal protests or changes of government, made the "revolution of development", not the interests of today, but envisioning the needs that beset this century, the century of knowledge.

I dedicate this article to Lauchin Currie, who died on December 23, 1993 and left us the legacy of long-term vision and died trying to be heard. Surprising is the idea of a Canadian who came blinded to the country and knew him so well in three years that designed the plan of the "four strategies." He spoke of urbanization when 60 years ago were not even those who inhabit the buildings, was it an obsession with industrialization of the countryside, with the use of raw materials and the transport architecture that make it easy to access from the capital to outlying areas. Currie and identified as social evils in the misallocation of resources, poverty, overcrowding and poor performance. It's absurd but some acknowledged that the government was the main opponent to the mechanization of agriculture and technology, the purpose of the proposal made by Currie was not directly in GDP growth as it should be a consequence of development.

The four "strategies": Exports, infrastructure, agricultural productivity and better allocation of resources, while recognizing its enormous potential existing in the construction industry but there were inconsistencies to exploit due to the absence of an urban design to ensure an orderly growth in demand.
Some would wonder then if development is compatible with the complete abandonment of the field at this, Currie argued, indeed that the elasticity of demand for agricultural products may affect small farmers and their income, therefore the answer to combat poverty stock was in the creation of more jobs in the city in goods with high income, high demand and are not susceptible (such as agricultural products) to be extremely elastic. With the division of labor and specialization each be responsible for feeding the new middle class would emerge over time.
For Currie development is evident in countries that have effective control over their physical, social, political, economic and environmental. For Colombia, a policy that promotes the creation of alternative employment to increase the production of goods and services desired, the channeling of savings to finance middle-income housing and commercial buildings, is something that can be obvious from some two decades ago But the Lord Currie was able to see half a century ago.

In conclusion, 60 years ago someone saw the unimaginable. Bolivar 200 years ago spoke of the "Gran Colombia". A few years ago that many at the same time, globalization began to appear in the most brilliant minds. Obviously does not excuse the absence underdevelopment of these brilliant minds, indeed, the problem is the continuing ignorance of many who follow today's rulers by paying for living from the public purse, they give a finger and think hiring that the "Transportation Goals" is a red item and not a metro.


• Currie, L. (1978) The Objetives of Development. Journal World Development. Volume 6, Issue 1, January 1978. Pages 1-10

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