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Steve Lyston | The world needs a plan

Published:Monday | March 18, 2019 | 12:21 AM
Does the world have a plan if cyber connections are closed off?

Everything under the sun has a season. The good book teaches us about times and seasons. We may not be able to stop what each season may bring, but we can capitalise on each season and become rich, minimise loss and save lives. No investor wants to make a loss, but if we fail to plan, then we plan to fail.

During the last recession, because many failed to plan, several investors were blown out of the market and numerous Christians lost their assets in the real estate meltdown.

Planning is simply thinking ahead on paper and your plans must focus on the seasons ahead. So, we must then ask the question: “What is most critical for our survival ahead?”

Critical survival recommendations

As an answer to the question, most countries may think the focus should be gender and/or climate issues. However, food and water are the most critical things for survival. We should learn from Pharaoh and Joseph in the Bible, who created long-term agricultural policies and infrastructure for the nation’s survival. (Genesis: 41: 46 – 57). It is critical for us to understand and accept that we have no control over acts of God nor certain man-made problems. However, if we have a plan/vision, we can weather any storm and remain profitable.

Leaders must know times and seasons

Many are talking about the cyber/digital revolution, but what plans are in place if there is a blackout? Have we not seenFacebook, Twitter and Instagram crash and Venezuela experience a nationwide blackout? And while the different countries blame and accuse each other of sabotage, what if this becomes the new norm – country against country – what plans do we have in place?

In the same way that many leaders are excited about the latest software/gadget/technology and are enticed to upgrade to the latest version, it is critical for leaders to upgrade spiritually in order to remain relevant and be an effective leader. To be a transformational leader, you yourself must first be transformed by renewing your mind. You must think and look beyond academics in order to solve the problems ahead.

Economics

The world is a small place, what happens in one place can impact several other regions and national economies. For example, the plane crash in Ethiopia recently has impacted every nation in the globe and has the potential to cause economic fallout in some nations as these countries are now banning that particular aircraft model.

Every economy needs to be built on the solid rock – not on the sand of our own logic and human know-how.

Every head of state, every national treasurer, and agricultural minister will be tested to see the quality of their nation’s economic foundation. Whether they want to hear about it or not, there must be research on apocalyptic events/happenings and the results applied to their decision-making.

For example, the symbolism of the white, red, black and pale horses. The increase of diseases and disasters will put greater pressure on nations’ economies. Are we prepared for that?

Further, with the World Bank president – Jim Yong Kim – jumping ship, will we see a new culture coming out of the World Bank where it is no longer easier for poorer countries to receive financial assistance and ultimately cause a shift from cash to card, forcing other nations to print larger currencies? Are we prepared for that?

Here’s a plan

Investors and governments must begin to invest in land, food, bauxite, warehouses, as well as the health and pharmaceutical industries. They need also to invest in tanks, water, emergency supplies and other items for survival. Farming should also be the number one priority. Planting fruit trees and vegetables and cultivating fresh water fish.

They should also be building hospitals and veterinary clinics. We need to build more bakeries.

Furthermore, the banks have the opportunity at this time to reduce interest rates and lend to farmers to purchase irrigation systems, solar panels, and equipment for food preservation to allow for stockpiling and storage.

Government can begin to reduce General Consumption Tax and Sales Tax and remove tax from all farming items including seeds.

There must also be plans in place for transportation, logistics and storage to deal with possible economic crises if there is a fallout. The writing is on the wall. We must have a plan.