Opinion: The Portugal 2030 Agenda – Opinion

Opinion: The Portugal 2030 Agenda - Opinion

By Francisco Jaime Quesado (*)

The construction of an Agenda for Portugal 2030 is on the table. The Portugal 2030 Agenda raises important questions about the level of strategic convergence for the future of the Portuguese economy. This strategic trust agenda should be based on innovation and creativity as central factors in a new collective mobilization, a global ambition, an ability to build solutions to new problems. A society of intelligence. We need this attitude in Portugal and so a culture of change is needed. The Portugal 2030 Agenda must be able to mobilize economic and social actors for a strategic repositioning for the future.

The consolidation of the new role of this agenda of strategic trust among us largely depends on the actual responsibility in this process of the different actors involved – State, University and Business. In the case of the State, in the context of the ongoing reorganization process and the construction of a new paradigm centered on the citizen-client, it is urgent that an attitude of active and entrepreneurial mobilization of the revolution of the social fabric be made operational. The strategic reinvention of the state will have to be based on trust and strategic complicity between supply-side 'entrepreneurial actors' and demand-responsive citizens.

Naturally, companies have a clearly mobilizing role in affirming the strategic trust agenda in Portugal. Because of its central role in creating wealth and promoting a permanent process of reengineering innovation in systems, processes and products, it will always be from companies that the “expectable capital” of operational and strategic distinction will emerge from those that will be able to deliver valuable results. leveraged in the competitive market chain. The emphasis here has to be more pragmatic than ever, as the recent successive external actions demonstrate.

In a complex time, when global changes are having implications in terms of a new social contract between the State and Civil Society, in a logic of open competitiveness, people wonder if it is really up to the State to play an active role. in the fight against the crisis or on the contrary, it will not be up to civil society to reinvent a new model of collective value creation focused on individual participation and creativity. In a world of uncertainty, ultimately, are there really answers to the questions that increasingly worry the Portuguese?

Expectation management is fundamental today and when signs of lack of control in the operational management of public accounts began to sharpen, the need for intervention was created. The State took over the process to avoid system contamination and the generation of systemic risks with uncontrollable consequences, but many doubts remained about the existence of alternative solutions that were more compatible with the functioning of market rules. In many of the situations we are witnessing this is a demonstration that in fact in this globalized world the elites with the intelligence of capital management have completely lost the sense of the social ethics proper to an open and just democracy.

The coming years will be particularly relevant for Portugal. On the table, in the context of the consolidation of the process of European integration, is the ability of our country to effectively present a model of sustainable strategic development for the future. In times of crisis, the recent events around the crisis have once again demonstrated that there is in our country a “silent minority” who for years now have kept the status quo of the system paralyzed and under the guise of false dynamics. of social renewal and economic reconversion tries to rediscover the path of the future with the same solutions of the past unthinkable in a context of change as we live.

The message of change is more present than ever among us. The Portugal 2030 Agenda that is to be legitimized in Portugal will have to be able to gain the status of a true "strategic operator" of the country's development. This is done by "positive convergence" and not by decree. It is therefore more important than ever to be attentive and to participate with a sense of difference. The "laboratory" that Portugal must form in this new European agenda must focus on a new innovation and competitiveness plan open to open participation by civil society.

(*) Economist and Manager – Innovation and Competitiveness Specialist

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