By Eddy Montilla.
Venezuelan President’s surname, Maduro, means maturity or ripe in English. However, on the evidence of his recent political moves, as president, he has shown to be “green”. At present, Venezuela has more problems than a turkey on days prior to Christmas: In 2013, the Government had to devalue its currency and Venezuela’s scarcity index, which measures the amount of goods that are out of stock on the market, hovered around 22 per cent, that is, you have to walk long distance to find meat, butter and the famous toilet papers. Besides, the country grapples with a soaring inflation, more than 50 per cent, one of the highest in the world.
And what has President Maduro done to try to solve all these problems? Well, he created an unrealistic Vice Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness and asked for plenipotentiary powers to take actions and make decisions unilaterally. All these steps reveal that Mr. Maduro has many things to learn as president because I have no idea how he expects people in Venezuela to be happy if they can’t get staple foods or toilet papers. In a country with more than 30 million people, I don’t understand why he wants to try to do everything by himself instead of delegating tasks.
After Chavez’s death, problems in Venezuela came up like water gushing out because Chavez wanted to be everywhere and be everything: President, secretary, journalist, etc., which is absolutely impossible. When he could not find solutions for a problem, he just hid it, and now that he is not here, problems are so many that President Maduro cannot cope with them.
The most effective way to solve problems in a country is to analyze them, and draw up plans with short-term and long-term objectives. But in order to achieve that, you need a team-oriented mindset and you have to delegate. At least, this is the way people work in developed countries. About this aspect, President Maduro is going in the wrong direction in my opinion. He should reflect on his first year as Venezuela’s leader and learn from his mistakes because Venezuela, one of the largest oil-producing countries in the world, deserves a better future.
This article was originally published in the digital newspaper WORLD AND OPINION with Eddy Montilla.
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