Maggy Talavera writes in El Deber:
Disadvantages, who will stick one’s neck out?
A hearing on the submission of a report on the competitiveness of Bolivia, made by the Bolivian Center for Economics of Cainco, one sentence helped me see clearly how far we are from the paradisiaic painting of macroeconomic figures that adorn the official reports on how our country is going. “The advantages are short-term, while the disadvantages are structural,” says the report talking about the competitiveness of Bolivia, with an even more disturbing fact: the disadvantages are more than three times the benefits identified in the study made by Cebec.
The analysis details the numbers that Cebec identifies: the five core advantages and 16 structural disadvantages that prevent the country to improve its rating in the Global Competitiveness Index developed each year by the World Economic Forum. All of them emerge from a survey of executive opinion published in the Global Competitiveness Report.
I ‘m not going to list them, because there would be no space for the reflection I want to do, although they point out two facts that clearly illustrate these extremes. While macroeconomics allows Bolivia to occupy the 28th place in a ranking of 148 countries, its institutions and infrastructure makes it recoil to 105 and 111 places respectively. And remarked: the factors that make macroeconomics respond to the juncture, the ones which allude to the institutions and infrastructure do respond to structural problems.
This information also allows Bolivia to understand why, despite its substantial increase in their revenue, has not improved at the same pace their competitiveness and even its Human Development Index. It is true that there is a greater circulation of money, but can anyone ensure that there is a substantial improvement in the quality of life of the Bolivians? To understand as quality of life, of course, is not only measured in vehicles, use of household appliances. But also considers education, health, security and the exercise of citizenship.
Apparently for the last four factors, Bolivians are not going so well in everyday life as are going our macroeconomics, and for the same reason: more are the disadvantages we face daily in order to live well, than the advantages that the macroeconomic figures are said to promise us. Let say the Bolivia of the sick, of the functional illiterate, of the one subjected to violence and the absence of justice, which are the ones increasing.