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Haverá espaço para o “bom investimento”?

Numa clara lógica de manutenção do poder, o Presidente José Eduardo dos Santos procurou, com algum êxito, criar grandes grupos económicos internos com quem o tinha uma relação umbilical.

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Ficou a impressão que o “novo timoneiro” via no investimento externo o caminho para o relançamento da nossa economia. Mas nada disso aconteceu. Ou, se algo sucedeu, foi em termos tão reduzidos que quase não se sentiu os seus impactos. Nos tempos que correm, a “arte de magia” não funciona…

A captura das empresas dos “caçados na rusga” tem contribuído para afugentar o investimento externo, inviabilizando, assim, o anseio de criação de emprego e bem-estar.

Hoje estamos na condição de meros expectadores de um crescente aumento do exército de desempregados, cidades “tomadas” em todas as artérias por verdadeiras hordas de esfomeados, uma criminalidade marca o ponto de modo impiedoso. Os bairros periféricos são praticamente sitiados por vândalos e assassinos que já estendem os seus tentáculos pelo casco urbano. Ninguém se sente seguro na rua, nem mesmo dentro da sua própria casa.

Faltava ainda o último elemento para a total perda de confiança: com maioria absoluta de um Partido, o poder legislativo apenas reage, estendendo invariavelmente o “tapete vermelho” às propostas remetidas pelo Executivo.

Agora o ramalhete já está completo: adensa-se o descrédito sobre os principais órgãos de justiça, até ao mais alto nível. Sendo assim, questiono-me: ainda haverá espaço para o “bom investimento”. Se não, o futuro está irremediavelmente comprometido…

Leia o artigo completo na edição de Novembro, já disponível no aplicativo E&M para Android e em login (appeconomiaemercado.com).

Is there room for "good investment"?

In a clear logic of maintaining power, President José Eduardo dos Santos (JES) sought, with some degree of success, to create large domestic economic groups with whom political power had an umbilical relationship. This was a real “U-turn” vis-à-vis the logic instated by Angola’s first president, Agostinho Neto, for whom “good economics” was solely that controlled by the State. During the first years of his government, JES still pursued this perverse logic. Afterwards, he deflected.

In 2017, the “new helmsman” introduced huge political and social “noise”, which was initially highly applauded, both by national circuits and international politicians. Not a few times, he was even seen in the likeness of a kind of “new punisher”, like a modern-day "Rambo", dismantling some of the “empires” held by former JES bosses. The immediate consequence: increased unemployment; withdrawal, almost in a stampede, of expatriate workers.

The first impression was that the “new helmsman” saw in foreign investment a way to relaunch our economy. But none of it happened. Or, if anything, it did in such small terms that its impact was hardly felt. In this day and age, “magical solutions” do not do the trick...

Seizing the companies of those “hunted during the razzias” has contributed to scaring away foreign investment, thus making the desire to create jobs and well-being unfeasible.

Today we are in the condition of mere spectators of a growing increase in the army of the unemployed, with our cities “overwhelmed” in all arteries by veritable hordes of starving people and a merciless crime rate. The peripheral neighborhoods are practically besieged by vandals and murderers who have already extended their tentacles throughout the urban hull. No one feels safe on the streets, not even inside their own homes.

The last straw missing was the total loss of confidence: with an absolute majority of one Party, the legislative power only reacts, invariably rolling out the “red carpet” to proposals sent by the Executive.

Now the bouquet is complete: the discredit on the main organs of justice, up to the highest level, is deepening. So, I ask myself: is there still room for “good investment”? If not, the future is hopelessly compromised...

Read the entire article in the November issue, now available on the E&M app for Android and on login (appeconomiaemercado.com)

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