Monday, May 20, 2024

When are we going to talk?

Author: Sefer Selimi Jr.

In the meantime, as the countdown to the April 12 elections has begun, political rhetoric continues to become harsher. In the public discourse, the first epithets of personal and collective insults have already been thrown away. This time, it seems, we will also be held hostage to the depraved imagination that lives in the dark, damp basements of party headquarters.

As in the past, all of us consciously or unconsciously fall into the trap that is skillfully imposed on us by those who seek the confidence to manage with our lives through public institutions. A superficial, shallow intellectual debate, with lots of conspiracy bubbles and still wearing the ‘national cause’ clothing. They talk about everything, and it is no wonder the debate will come to the topics on the humankind’s genesis according to the sacred books, but the real problems will continue to be ignored by current holders of public discourse. A whole army of party militants make echo to the group thinking and praise themselves, and of course hiding behind false profiles scold the opponent, the damned one. When will we talk about real problems?!

When are we going to talk about decentralization, the most essential part of the Ohrid Agreement – halfway process? When will we talk about equitable regional development, the disregard of the law since 2008 for the allocation of 1% of GDP for this purpose? When will we talk about increasing the capacity of private companies to use state subsidies? When are we going to talk about medieval conditions in public hospitals? When are we going to talk about the extreme partisanship of education? When are we going to talk about making capital investments? When are we going to talk?

When are we going to start talking about innovative ideas? About the number of jobs that can be generated through the green sector? Opening centers for innovation, business incubators, technology parks. When will we talk about ”smart cities”? When will we talk about using the financial and human capital of the Diaspora?

When will we talk about stimulating agriculture and planting desolate land, cooperatives and collection centers? For infrastructure supported by agriculture, investment in modernizing it? When are we going to talk about the war against unfair competition, the complete fiscalization of businesses and the gray economy? For concrete support to small and medium-sized enterprises? To increase their management capacity, visibility and openness to foreign markets? When will we talk about tourism?

When are we going to talk about advancing the position of women, the gender-sensitive budget? When will we talk about citizen involvement in the decision-making process, the participatory budget? On transparency, accountability and measures to fight corruption? When are we going to talk about the functioning of youth councils, high school unions, youth centers, reading rooms and libraries?

When will we talk about strategies designed and forgotten in the bureaucratic bureau shelves? When are we going to talk about made promises and past pre-election programs?

When are we going to talk?

 

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