I first ran across Basic English thirty years ago and was fascinated with the idea of creating a simple, starter version of English that would structure the overwhelming richness of full English into a manageable first step. I've carried a copy of the word list all these years to remind me of simple, basic words when the occasion calls for them.
Beneficiaries of the Basic English concept would be all foreign students of English, may their numbers grow: I always thought that a requirement to teach English should be tied to foreign aid to build an identity with the West with access to first-hand U.S. and western information and to build a market for mutual benefit. The ability to communicate internationally is a requirement to develop effective trade relations by underdeveloped peoples. Afghanistan needs to enter the modern world -- what language should the businessmen, traders and students for future leadership positions learn? At home, Basic English would make contracts and legal matters more intelligible. Basic English should be made the official language of The Capitol so that bureaucratic and Internal Revenue documents are understandable.