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Infrastructure

A country's fundamental system of transportation, communications, and other aspects of its physical capabilities.

Infrastructure

The basic system that allows a country or economy to function. Examples of infrastructure include roads, train tracks, telephone lines, and so forth. Infrastructure is often, but not always, provided by the government. Infrastructure must meet a certain minimum standard to allow commerce to occur. For example, one is unlikely to drive to the store if the roads are so muddy that they are impassable. Likewise, the more advanced infrastructure is, the more efficiently an economy functions. For example, the existence of a telephone allows an investor to make orders quickly while also performing other tasks.

infrastructure

the investment by central government and local authorities in railways, roads, airports, shipping ports, schools, universities, hospitals, etc.

Infrastructure can play an important facilitating role in improving a country's industrial performance by providing, for example, a good communications network, and a stock of well-educated and trained workers, scientists and technologists.

infrastructure

or

social overhead capital

a nation's roads, railways, housing, hospitals, schools, water supply, etc., accumulated from INVESTMENT, usually by the government or local authorities in previous periods. It also includes intangible items such as an educated/trained labour force created by investment in HUMAN CAPITAL.

Infrastructure plays an important role in improving a country's general living standards and in contributing to a higher rate of ECONOMIC GROWTH.

infrastructure

The basic amenities and services that must be in place for a particular activity or pursuit.The infrastructure in a subdivision would consist of roads;storm sewers;and mechanisms for the transmission of water,waste products,electricity,telecommunications,and possibly natural gas. References to the infrastructure of a community might also include basic services, such as fire and police protection,schools,and libraries.

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The rehabilitation of rural infrastructure so far has led to encouraging improvements in rural livelihoods.
well as combating poverty through developing the rural infrastructure of some
Iran set a target to complete some 600 construction projects, including academic, religious and medical centers, bridges, rural infrastructure facilities, and power stations, 70 percent of which is already completed," engineer Hessam Khoshnevis told Tehran's officla Islamic Republic News Agency.
CLA national president David Fursdon said: "If the 25-year projection for migration to the countryside from urban areas is correct - a growth of 18% compared with 6%-9% in urban areas - it will lead to the collapse of the rural infrastructure.
These are: supporting rural business growth, learning and skills, developing a modern rural infrastructure, regenerating communities, and championing the rural West Midlands.
Crisp, the Cumbria Rural Infrastructure Support Programme, will spend pounds 855,000 over three years.
USDA-Rural Development's investment in the state's rural infrastructure is paying off," said Wilson.
Our assistance will also support efforts to bolster government control in areas vulnerable to Maoist influence by funding high-impact rural infrastructure and employment projects.
The Rural ICT Watchdog five-point plan aims to achieve: # The abolition of rural infrastructure boundaries, and the adoption of the CLA's idea of Public-Private-Partnership (PPP), whereby the private sector would piggy-back on the information technology infrastructure which the public sector will be putting in for schools, hospitals and doctors' s u rg e r i e s ; # A professional industry stand-ard/quality insurance for IT advisers; # Monitoring and feedback from the CLA's involvement in the Broadband Stakeholders Group; # Monitoring and feedback from the Defra Taskforce; # Combined development agencies/CLA roadshows in the form of regional seminars to help CLA members, particularly rural businesses, tackle IT problems and provide solutions.
In 1988, he was appointed home affairs minister, and had a key role in upgrading rural infrastructure under former Prime Ministers Noboru Takeshita and Sosuke Uno.
We welcome the Ministers' report on the APEC Food System proposed by the APEC Business Advisory Council, and endorse its recommendations on the development of rural infrastructure, dissemination of technological advances in food production and processing, and promotion of trade in food products," the declaration said.
And there is the model found in several Asian economies in which government help for the poor relies not on transfer payments but on investment in human capital through health care, education, and building rural infrastructure.

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