As a deliberate strategy, given foreign exchange constraints and the need to promote local value addition, all these programmes will strive to maximise the use of only local inputs. For roads, where we cannot afford to import bitumen or asphalt with our scarce resources, we will use limestone and rocks, which we have in abundance. So all roads, especially those to be built through investments from national savings including pension funds will be designed to optimise the use of local materials. Mass housing will also use local materials, and of course local labour only.
A notable exception to our ‘minimal imports’ policy may be in our collaboration to provide solar power on a massive scale for 5 million households. This will require imports of solar panels in the short-run. However, there are indications that some of the world’s leading manufacturers are prepared to set up local manufacturing plants for producing necessary solar power components and appliances. With a plan for 5 million homes to be delivered by the private sector, we have no doubt that they will be well motivated to do so within the shortest possible time.