Some decisions of the Government show that planning and preventing are factors that are not considered. Why do we have to go to extremes to act?
Action and reaction. One always leads to the other, but when governing or managing it is possible to control the impact (negative or positive) of the second with prevention and planning; two factors that, to say of some recent decisions of the current Government and the opinion of experts, have not been considered when making decisions. A recent example, the triumph of Richard Carapaz in the Giro d’Italia led to President Lenin Moreno announcing the elimination of the import tax on competition bicycles. Why did not he do it before? Why do we have to go to the extreme of things to make these kinds of decisions? They are the big questions.
The former national secretary of Planning and Development of the current Government and university professor, Andrés Mideros, has an answer to both. “This shows an absence of planning of a public policy orientation and the answers we have are conjunctural and demagogic.”
Marcelo Espinel, political analyst and project director of the Citizenship and Development Foundation, agrees with Mideros in the absence of planning not only from this Government but from the great majority, and attributes it to another factor: the fragmentation of the public administration system in the country. “It is a system that instead of decreasing and being more efficient has been enlarged and that makes it difficult to control”.
There are those who will think that for a public official it is impossible to foresee a certain fact to make state decisions. Indeed, it is not possible for an official to know what will happen in a particular event, but it is possible to foresee which specific area needs more attention with resources and public management. How? With the National Planning System. “It is the instrument to guide where it is going and to monitor and monitor what is happening,” Mideros replies.
If the instrument exists, why is it not used? “I think he does not want to use it. The Government is more in the political quarrel and to govern according to conjunctures that is forgetting the great national problems and of the planning “, concludes the ex-national secretary.
However, Espinel considers that there is another fundamental problem: the lack of continuity in the public policy of the institutions. “Suddenly a new administrator, a new manager or minister arrives and changes the policies with which the institution worked and this generates problems … We do not think about long-term policies and laws but about legislating or taking decisions for the moment” , answer back. (I)