Infrastructure: ‘Nothing Happens, and That’s Probably for the Best’

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Written by Katie Crawford

Infrastructure, both a mock movie trailer—thank you, John Oliver— and a crucial component of every society, garners little public attention. When well maintained, infrastructure rewards society by nothing happening. When ignored, deterioration typically occurs slowly and does not demand immediate action. As a result, infrastructure’s importance often fails to capture respect and acknowledgment from the people whose lives it supports.

View the Infrastructure trailer here.

Infrastructure, though infrequently a political focal point, is crucial for economic growth and progress within countries. Defined simply, infrastructure is the basic physical systems within society; these include transportation, sewage, and communication systems. Infrastructure essentially holds a society together. With the population rapidly increasing, growth around the world relies on well-maintained infrastructure.

In an effort to add entertainment value to infrastructure, this blog presents both a spoof movie trailer that highlights the importance and lack of public awareness of Infrastructure and, now, a competitive worldview of infrastructure. The 2014-2015 World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index reveals how 144 countries worldwide rank comparatively in terms of their individual infrastructure. Note that infrastructure contributes to the overall list of global competitiveness. Infrastructure’s role in determining global competitiveness illustrates its importance within society.

Ranking number one on the index is Hong Kong SAR. Singapore, United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands, and Switzerland follow to complete the list of the five countries with the best infrastructure. The United States ranks 12th, the Russian Federation ranks 39th, and China ranks 46th.

Hong Kong, proudly leading the index, is a remarkable success story. The country has transformed from a hub for refugees into an economic power. The country spent large sums of money on infrastructure as a means for heightening its future economic growth. With its current infrastructure in place, Hong Kong has the foundation to improve other sectors within its society. For example, Hong Kong’s advanced transportation systems decrease economic immobility by eliminating location barriers for those seeking work.

Though not an issue frequently covered by the news—no drama, no viewers—infrastructure is immensely important. Sound infrastructure paves the way for economic growth within every sector of society and for each nation as a whole. Such, this blog seeks to draw attention to a less recognized, but immensely important component of society.