This Thursday, Plan País Presente En Vivo evaluated the diagnosis made by UCAB researchers in the National Survey of Living Conditions 2019-2020 and presented the route drawn up by the technicians of the different areas of Plan País to overcome poverty and the complex humanitarian emergency.
María Gabriela Ponce, a sociologist and researcher at the UCAB, highlighted that since 2014, when they began to carry out the Encovi, it has been evident that the deterioration of each of the social indicators has deepened as a consequence of a crisis that has continued over time without effective solutions. She called for this study to be taken as a comprehensive x-ray of Venezuelan society that will allow for a coherent view of the short, medium and long term in order to build public policies that not only allow for a way out of the Complex Humanitarian Emergency but also for an end to the inequality that is hidden behind the national average.
“96% of Venezuelan households are in a situation of poverty and if something compromises the future of the country is the malnutrition of children under 5 years because it is a reality that will impact the rest of their lives, which leads us to be in an increasingly compromised situation that is also being worsened by the pandemic and the mobility problems brought about by the shortage of gasoline, according to a recent survey we have done by telephone,” warned the sociologist.
Given this scenario, Deputy Ángel Alvarado, member of the National Assembly’s Finance Commission and Political Coordinator of Plan País’ Macroeconomic Area, explained that the biggest challenge is to make Venezuelan society viable again.
“We need a political change that reflects on society and generates economic change. Today the system is made to bring out the worst in people and we must change it for a system that brings out the best in Venezuelans, that values effort, production and not privileges,” explained the parliamentarian.
The proposal of Plan País to overcome the wealth is to build a Venezuela Fund through international credits that will allow the recovery of public services, infrastructure, health and education systems and that will also give a shock to the Venezuelan’s income by raising the minimum wage initially to $60 and granting direct transfers to vulnerable sectors. Another part of this fund must be injected into international reserves in order to overcome the fiscal gap and overcome hyperinflation.
Secondly, all the legal and competitive conditions must be built up to encourage foreign investment in Venezuela and thirdly, society must be empowered so that Venezuelans stop looking for work and start generating it.
“The only way to overcome poverty is by generating wealth, but we understand that this is not enough. The majority of Venezuelans are united by the need to generate change, but not in any direction, and that is why we have been building Plan País for so long, to move in the right direction so that society can once again enter the path of generating wealth, but also to generate social inclusion and close the inequality gap,” said the economist and congressman.
Alvarado explained that 4 million quality jobs are needed to revive the middle class – fundamental for democracy – which will be strengthened by access to health, education and opportunities. “Let it be the effort of each person that determines his or her future”.
The Political Coordinator of Plan País also explained that these jobs should not be only in the oil sector, but that it is essential to diversify the Venezuelan economy in order to generate productive jobs for the whole society and concluded that the only way to achieve all these essential changes is through the need to achieve a political change.