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Strategic plan for the globalization of Basques

Globalization is firmly established in the modern world and it is upon the people to embrace it. While some communities gracefully embrace it others disregard it. Globalization can be referred to as the integration of resources and communities in order to operate as a single entity under similar rules and regulations. It initiates coherence among different societies irrespective of their difference in terms of culture or race. This practice has both negative and positive impacts which vary among people in their different societies (Elkarri 4). Whilst some communities claim to benefit from globalization, others shun it and claim it leads to economic decline. Despite of the claims posed by different communities, globalization has its specific objectives majority of which provide positive impacts to the society. One of the aims globalization is to ensure cumulative growth in economy, politics and social-cultural aspects of life. This is opposed to the initial trend where each bloc or country worked individually towards developing their economies, politics and socio-cultural values. This led to the existing gap between the rich and the poor in the world. For instance, in the modern world, there is a difference in terms of developmental achievements between developed and developing nations in the world. However, with globalization, the weaker economies or societies gradually improve while the pace of developed nation’s growth is also slightly reduced (Alonso 44). Most of the communities opposed to globalization include the native inhabitants of a specific language or country. An example of this community is the Basque community. Basque communities are Europe inhabitants whose homeland covers parts in both Spain and France. As a result there are different communities within the original Basque country region. Some of the communities include the Southern Basque, Navarre and the Northern Basque communities. Despite living in the same region of Basque origin, most of them deny being Basques. This poses a challenge towards collective identity of the Basque community. Globalization is a suitable tool for mending the existing disparity.

Therefore, this paper focuses on provision of a strategic plan to provide integration of the Basque community among the different communities, Basques in diaspora and the world through globalization. In addition, it mainly focuses its integration aspects on economics, politics and culture aspects of interaction.

ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF THE PLAN

This is one of the pivotal aspects of ensuring the development of a specific country of block in the world. Identification of the economy as a critical aspect is not challenging, but the implementation of a strategic plan. The existence of different communities in the Basque country should be utilized to ensure economic development. This is because different communities have varying preference which when exploited, they generate an advanced market for trade. The plan starts by identification of preferences of each community within the Basque region. Once their preferences have been identified, then resources should be channeled towards ensuring that these resources are availed at a central point (Martínez-Granado 98). This point should be preferably a market and it will spur trade between these different communities. Moreover, if a native Basque person goes to the market and finds Northern Basque community products, they might be attracted to these products and eventually purchase them. This will result to an increased market for products since the number of consumers shall have increased.

Similarly, when a Northern or Southern Basque person admires Basque products, it will spur the same economic effect. The economy of Basque region is dependent on all the individual communities within the region. Consequently, if a single community fails to produce the desirable economic performance, the gross economy of Basques will be low. On the other hand, if an individual community contributes positively in terms of economy, the gross economic performance of the Basque will elevate (Hamilton 27). Therefore, after harmonization of communities within the Basque region it will diminish individual performance and foster team work and cumulative growth.  Moreover, the strategic plan is not only concerned with integration of different communities within the Basque country, but also their interaction with the world (Elkarri 3).

Trade is one of the dominant factors known to trigger interaction between different communities in the world. Trade will not take place unless people are aware of commodities and services available for trade. In order to attain popularity, trade exhibitions should be organized either annually or twice a year to communicate to the world what Basque community has to offer. For efficient representation, the organizing community should invite different representative communities from different economic and political blocks to attend the exhibition where Basque communities’ products and services are displayed (Alonso 120).

SOCIO-CULTURAL ASPECTS OF THE PLAN

Interaction is a key entity for societal growth and development. Therefore, before implementing an economic or political plan, socio-cultural aspects of that specific community with respect to the world should be harmonized (Martínez-Granado 101). Lack of sufficient interaction between the different communities in the Basque region is a hindrance towards attainment of globalization objectives. This is evident through denial of Basque origin amongst Basque people. This means that people are not proud of their native culture thus their denial. According to Spain national census, more than seventy percent of Basque inhabitants claim they are not Basques. In addition, more than fifty percent of these inhabitants were against the support of Basque language. This is proof of cultural disparity which is a barrier towards establishing a single Basque community.

In order to eradicate this division, the native Basque culture should be promoted and advertised. This is because when people grow in a heterogeneous environment with more than one culture, majority of the people tend to append themselves to the vibrant culture and fewer people will identify themselves with the dying culture (Collins 40). Basque culture can be promoted through organizing cultural festivals to mark specific important dates within the Basque calendar.

In addition, formation of Basque cultural foundation whose members are not only people of Basque origin, but anyone who feels the need to be associated with the community (Elkarri 2). This will make the culture popular and people who had initially neglected it will start embracing it. Moreover, language is considered a fundamental aspect for a culture; therefore, promoting Basque language will result in promotion of the culture. This can be achieved through publishing books and articles written in Basque language and provision of their translations in familiar international language.

Furthermore, dictionaries should also be availed to enhance interest for the language. Since there is a mandatory need to connect with Basque people in diaspora, publications made in Basque language should be readily availed to the outside community. This can be achieved through uploading articles, books, translations and Basques dictionaries to the internet. Moreover, Basque community should form Basque groups and include them in social networking sites. This will expose Basque community cultural values to the world. In turn, other communities will also exchange their cultural values via this same channel (Collins 35). This will trigger globalization, since the native community will be using modern tools to advertize and learn more about other cultures.

As far as the social aspect is concerned, Basques stand at a risk of losing or diluting their native culture. This is because once people start modifying their culture they will not stop. Eventually, the original culture shall have been lost and the Basque people shall have lost their identity (Elkarri 7).

POLITICAL ASPECT OF THE PLAN

Representation of people in parliamentary houses and other national forums is important as it ensures perpetuity and empowerment of individual communities (Jimeno 12). This is essential because people cannot merge if they cannot identify their unique group. Therefore, for globalization to be realized among the Basque community, each group has to be politically represented. Political representation requires political parties which are referred to as political vehicles. Basque Nationalist party is one of the longest term serving political parties in the region. This is a positive indicator since constituents of Basque community have a single representation which symbolizes unity amongst the people. As far as the Spanish government is concerned, groups from the Basque community do not deserve a single parliamentary group. Grounds for dismissal of the request tabled to form a group was that groups which were presented were from different constituencies (Mughal 107). This groups included; Basques Nationalist Party, UPPN and Amaiur. Since political representations is key for globalization the political needs of Basque community need to be appropriately addressed. Therefore, in order to foster globalization amongst the community, the community should be allowed to form a single parliamentary group. This is because the Basque community is unique and its people are spread amongst different communities. Once a parliamentary group has been formed, this will be used as an incentive to instigate nationalism. This means that through the group Basque community will enhance its relationship with other communities in the nation.

Due to technological advancement and migration, not all Basques live within Basque country, others live outside. These groups of people are referred to as Basques in diaspora. Simply because they are no longer living within Basque territory does not mean they are not Basque people. Basque in diaspora should be used as a tool to establish integration between Basques and the world leading to globalization (Mughal 91). The strategic plan ensures that people in diaspora should form an international group whose members are Basques in diaspora. These people should be allowed to participate in national exercises such as election and cultural holidays (Hamilton 55). Through the international Basque group, stakeholders decide on adding other communities in the world so as to spur integration. This will establish Basque community recognition at an international level. Once they have acquired international recognition, they will be similarly recognized and represented in both Spain and France.

The international diaspora Basque group will be used to monitor Basque political performance relative to the entire world. As a result, they would suggest amendments and introduction of new policies in order to keep the community at pace with the world (Alonso 72).

CONCLUSION

Globalization of the Basque community will trigger political developments, and the community will have developed political systems. Similarly, trading with the international community will spur economic growth and development among the Basque community. On the other hand, globalization will expose Basque culture to the danger of dilution or complete loss of identity. Despite the danger, globalization has more positive attributes and the Basque Global Foundation should implement the above plan to ensure effective integration of the Basque community with the world.

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