Ecuador will introduce a new initiative from 2013 to 2017 that aims to eradicate poverty, reform the framework of production, create an informed society and ultimately, renovate the state.
Nuriem de Armas*
Successful completion Ecuador’s National Development Plan will consolidate and radicalise changes that have been promoted by the Citizens Revolution since 2006.
According to Fander Falconí of the National Secretariat of Community Planning and Development (SENPLADES), “The country hopes to extend its achievements and strengthen its leadership, setting an example for continental planning.”
The constitution of 2008, formed in Montecristi and approved under referendum by the Ecuadorian public, holds the state under an obligation to put developments in place and they are now working towards achieving these goal.
While announcing the path he intents to follow in this new term of office , Falconí indicates that in addition to renovating the state, he intends to inform the society of any plans for reform in a fair and appropriate manner.
According to the Organic Code of Planning and Public Finance, the central government is being held responsible for the plan’s national projection.
The initiative has been titled the National Development Plan”, and is colloquially referred to as the “Plan for “Good Living”. The foundations for the initiative were laid down by SENPLADES in 2007.
“The next four years will see the formation of a more ‘people orientated’ state. We will see the extension of a powerful new micro-planning system across all zones, districts and cities. This will facilitate an increase in better public services throughout the whole country,” added Falconí.
One of the current national government’s main successes in its last six years of power has been its planning and implementation of programmes that have benefited the overall quality of life for Ecuadorian families.
SENPLADES confirm that they will continue with their efforts to reduce social inequality. This, in turn, will aim to strengthen every aspect of their Education Revolution, focusing particularly on that the education of infants and those in higher education.
The main strategic objectives of the programme can be broken down into 35 individual proposals.These include plans for new production methods and improved living conditions that, according to Falconí, aim “to change the way that we produce and consume”.
These proposals set out to regulate the market and to truly democratise production methods. During his 42-day electoral campaign, president Rafael Correa made continuous reference to these plans to people from almost every province in the country.
The programme looks towards sovereignty and regional integration, for ethical, political and constitutional transformations and for justice and social security. It also hopes to extend further, revolutionising environmental protection and social behaviour matters. The initiative will achieve greater knowledge, talented individuals and strengthen culture.
The government is working towards ending poverty in the country – not with a gradual reduction – they want to incorporate its total eradication into their party policy, and to achieve social equality through capacity development.
This idea falls primarily into one of the government’s key focal points, to reinforce the Social Revolution and highlight the need for joined responsibility from state and society.
The National Development Plan programme stresses the need for transition towards a more socialist plan of “Good Living”. Its fundamental aims lie in changing production methods and putting an end to a dominant “upper class society”.
“Good Living” or “Sumak Kawsay” (as it is known in the indigenous Quechua language) operates within an open society that is fair and supportive of its people.
It promotes a justice-based freedom, democracy, peace, and unbiased relations, all for the common good. “These make up the backbone of this great home that we are now building for everyone.”
Fander Falconí concludes by saying that The Citizens Revolution represents the voice of the poorest and most deprived people. People of varying nationalities, villages and cultures that all live together in this hugely diverse country. It is the voice of all of those men and women who have been living an excluded life on the margins of society.
*Correspondent of The Prensa Latina, Ecuador.
(Translated by Koreen Walsh – Email: email@example.com)