From the first day of his administration, the President of the Republic launched a new model to replace Socialism of the 21st century. Transparency, respect for freedoms and dialogue are the cornerstones of this model.
The President of the Republic, Lenin Moreno, dictated in Madrid the conference “Saliendo del abismo” (leaving the abysm) in the Foro América. Before 350 entrepreneurs and communicators from Spain, he outlined the pillars of “modern progressivism”, his political philosophy that has as axes dialogue, transparency and respect for freedoms.
In the discussion, Moreno said that among the main pillars of what he calls modern progressivism is the policy in favor of the most needy; transparency and fight against corruption, and economic openness. In one year and two months, the Government has undertaken legal and constitutional reforms that for Moreno are a “qualitative and quantitative leap” in search of the future and to overcome the problems of the previous Government, such as corruption, overpricing, intervention in the justice and neglect on the northern border.
One of the keys to banish “those practices” was political reconciliation through dialogue, which was crystallized with the call for popular consultation. Within modern progressivism also highlights the deepening of democracy, the pragmatism of the Government to solve problems and the ability of peoples to find their future.
Along these lines, Elías Tenorio, secretary of the Youth, stressed that modern progressivism means the strengthening of social achievements through public-private partnerships, for example, so that young people can enter the private sector to gain experience.
In addition, said model of Government proposes -according to Tenorio- a new role of the left. “Strengthening the idea of progressivism means not staying stuck in the idea that the left cannot deal with other sectors.”
Support for the social sector
“For us, ‘modern progressivism’ means a preferential option for the most needy, not only in economic but also in social policies,” said Moreno.
Juan Sebastián Roldán, the President’s private secretary, gave examples of that policy: in the first year of administration, 70,000 people with disabilities have been assisted. That is just one of the parts of the “Whole Life” plan that aims to satisfy the needs of people with vulnerability.
The President asserted that “modern progressivism” is also based on the improvement of trade relations with countries and with national and foreign entrepreneurs. The Government seeks financing for investment in renewable energy projects, mining and oil.
During the last tour, the President met with businessmen and invited them to invest in the country. “They will generate employment,” Roldán said.
According to figures from the Private Secretary of the Presidency, there are more than 100 investment agreements that are executed in the country. “Before, the government was almost dictatorial, expelled the investors because it gave them no guarantees. We made a different path.”
But the historian Juan Paz y Miño laments economic openness. He pointed out that this recipe is the one proposed by the business elites that seek the free market and the strengthening of private enterprises.
Fight against corruption
Moreno and the ministerial cabinet have stated that the Government respects the functions of the State and promotes transparency.
“The Judicial Function in this country is already independent. Judges and prosecutors can do what they believe, far beyond what we can think, “said Roldán.
For the official, to fight against corruption and in favor of transparency is to deepen democracy. As a result, he said, the gathering of information is ordered to clarify the judicial issues, mainly.
Concept under construction
For the university professor Felipe Burbano de Lara, the Government has to work more on the concept, however highlighted Moreno’s management.
“There is a turn towards a policy of more tolerance, of greater pluralism, of approaching different social groups, a policy that is reforming important things.”
For journalist José Hernández, “modern progressivism” must become a political model that replaces Socialism of the 21st century. “The Government has progress in transparency and democracy,” he said. (I)