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Karl Maslo | From bad to worse?
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From bad to worse?

By Karl Maslo

Over the past few weeks, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the article “Things getting worse” by Fernando Rospigliosi, published in El Comercio. In this article, the author had an interesting critique of the most recent decisions by President Kuczynski. I don’t pretend to be a political analyst, but I’d like to mention some ideas that made me think of our country.

 

Rospigliosi says that the focus of attention for the government is to survive the overwhelming barrage of its political enemies, from covering the empty spaces of management in its cabinet to promoting public debates about a possible pardon for the ex-President Fujimori, also called a “medical pardon”.

 

The truth is that the government seems to have lost the ability to define or prioritize the topics for the public agenda. When it tries to do it, we find projects that are failed or half-done. That would explain why he’s more worried about smoking the peace pipe with the opposition, than about dedicating the time of his technocrats to pushing key reforms the country needs to reduce our levels of poverty and to make a virtuous circle of wealth generation.

 

While we wait for our governors to take the leadership roles for these big reforms, we must ask ourselves a question about what we consider fundamental for the progress of our country: When and who will be worried about promoting and improving the investment in research on development and innovation?

 

To promote innovation is a winning bet. It’s enough to see countries like Israel, Singapore, Sweden, Chile, etc, who don’t have close to the amount of natural resources that Peru has the luxury of having.

 

Innovation is definitely the engine for transformation and progress for a country, but like in an organization, its implementation has to be lead from the upper spheres. That is, the president and his prime minister, to get to all corners of the state system. At the same time, the same state has to assume a leadership role in promoting innovation in the private sector of our country and, with that, more attractive incentives than those we have now, with tools and infrastructure, training, etc. In Peru we can’t be so far from that…

 

Delaying the introduction and large-scale deployment of innovation within the framework of the public agenda will only isolate us from the rest of the world, making us miss out on excellent opportunities to make the great technological leap that we so badly need. It would turn us into a country that doesn’t export products and services with added value, but only more of our natural resources, which should generate a great amount of work opportunities, with better benefits that would raise the living standard for all peruvians.

 

How much longer are we going to wait?

 
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25 july, 2017

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