Marginal return on capital and economies of scale are aspects of critical mass needed in any market.
On the supply side, levels of production and delivery have to be sustainable; on the demand side, purchasing power and access. And it is not just an equation between wholesale sellers and retail buyers; this is an equation in all sectors, including between primary producers and value-add manufacturers, etc., across every market chain.
Resources not only have to be available, they have to be producible and saleable in payable quantity. Within the whole framework, money assets have to remain liquid in serviceable proportions.
If the administration of the critical masses is piecemeal, scattered, or weak, it may not amount to a direct attack on the different sides, but it will progressively starve -dismantle- them. There will be a cascade or tidal effect through the separate areas.
It could suggest then a government really did not understand in the first place what it was to do.
In Trinidad and Tobago in the mid and latter part of the 1990’s, arguments were made to diversify and disconnect producers in the energy sector. Indeed, this was done and a good effect was achieved; and producers were accountable. Now it is all reversed. What is worse, overall economic planning seems to have been tied to the decision-making processes within a certain core set of energy companies; and subjugated to their stratified goals and timing.
If that is the case it does not have to be kept so -of course.