“The world has much to learn from the exemplary processes of the Convention and the visionary product that Chile will vote for in the September plebiscite”
By Patricia Schuller Gamboa (La Nacion)
HAVANA TIMES – More than 40 prominent international economists signed a letter of support for the proposal for a new Constitution issued by the Constitutional Convention, and which will be submitted to a plebiscite on September 4.
In the midst of the Progressive International, a group of activists and progressive left-wing organizations expressed that the eventual new Chilean Magna Carta will “ensure sustainable growth and shared prosperity for Chile.”
Among the signatories of the letter are Thomas Piketty (France), specialist in inequality; Mariana Mazzucato, the director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College in London; and Ha-joon Chang, a professor at the University of Cambridge, consultant to the World Bank and member of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington D.C.
“We, economists and social scientists from around the world, support the visionary document that the Constitutional Convention has produced to ensure sustainable growth and shared prosperity for Chile,” the experts’ text begins.
It goes on to say that the “economic provisions of the Constitution represent a gradual, but substantial advance for the people of Chile” and add that the “approach to gender issues in the Constitution marks a great leap forward in the economic model of development.”
Likewise, they state that “the tax policy mandates of the Constitution promise to address Chile’s economic inequality” and that “the Constitution aims to compensate for the crisis of precariousness that affects Chile and economies around the world.”
“The world has much to learn from the exemplary processes of the Convention and the visionary product that Chile will vote for in the September plebiscite,” the letter closes.