25 While Trinidad and Tobago possesses unique VABs based on a synthesis of

25 while trinidad and tobago possesses unique vabs

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25 While Trinidad and Tobago possesses unique VABs based on a synthesis of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, these countries provide important lessons regarding universal VABs which have accelerated growth and development in their context. These cannot be ignored when understanding and determining the cultural factors which can hinder or advance our own progress as a nation. The core set of VABs that have been frequently attributed to enabling development 26 are shown in Figure 2.1 . 25 Some of the countries considered were Malaysia, Norway and Singapore which formed part of the Vision 2020 Profile of Comparator Countries (2002). 26 David S. Landes, “The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why some are so Rich and some so Poor” 1998, W.W. Norton and Company, New York; & Harrison, Clark, Robinson and Boettke, 2006, “How much does Culture Matter” - unbound.org/issues/december-2006/how-much-does-culture-matter; & Harrison E. Lawrence, 2006 “The Central and Liberal Truth: How Politics Can Change a Culture and Save It from Itself,” New York: Oxford University Press. 25-26 V I S I O N 2 0 3 0 N AT I O N A L D E V E L O P M E N T S T R AT E GY 2 0 1 6 - 2 0 3 0 Reviewing Performance and Looking to the Future
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These core VABs were categorised into progres- sive and non-progressive cultural factors of devel- opment. 27 A review and comparison of Trinidad and Tobago’s VABs, as stated in Figure 2.2 below, in relation to the core cultural developmental fac- tors suggest that the country currently does not possess a strong alignment to any of them. Trini- dad and Tobago, by international comparison, was found to possess more non-progressive VABs than progressive ones. Details of the assessment of Trin- idad and Tobago’s values, attitudes and behaviours will be made available on the Ministry of Planning and Development’s website. 27 Harrison E. Lawrence, 2006 “The Central and Liberal Truth: How Politics Can Change a Culture and Save It from Itself,” New York: Oxford University Press. A summary highlighting the main cultural factors in the social, economic and environmental spheres, which the country must reverse, together with the positive ones, which need to be reinforced, is pre- sented in Figure 2.2. Based on the analysis of the country’s progres- sive and non- progressive cultural factors, Chap- ter 4, Making the Necessary Adjustments , high- lights the key cultural transformations that must be undertaken. It also speaks to the transformations that must be undertaken so that we may begin to reverse these non-progressive factors as well as nurture and effectively use the positive ones towards catalysing our nation’s development. Encouragement and reward of competition and initiative; competition leads to excellence Observing the Rule of Law Creation, awareness and use of new technologies Material pursuits and saving for the future; frugality Non-excessive individualism: A balance with community/ family values Entrepreneurship & Innovation Hard work; achievement leads to wealth Investment in education; which promotes creativity
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