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Rosselló Proposes Institute to Plan Ahead for Future Challenges

By on February 24, 2016

SAN JUAN — New Progressive Party (NPP) governorship hopeful, Ricardo Rosselló, proposed Wednesday the establishment of the “PRo-active Institute,” a quasi-public entity that would identify future opportunities for the socioeconomic development of Puerto Rico.

“If this mechanism had existed 15 years ago, probably Puerto Rico would not be mired in fiscal crisis it faces,” Rosselló said.

The initiative seeks the participation of multiple sectors, which would work strategically with Puerto Rico’s government and society to handle sudden changes globally, build capacity and expertise to anticipate future changes and manage risk. It would also identify trends that may impact the island, in an effort to come up with strategies to effectively address them.

“One of the main causes of the problems Puerto Rico faces today is the lack of mechanisms to plan for the future. Statistical data has been compiled, but it has not been well planned how to face the challenges and risks posed by different trends,” Rosselló said. “While other countries and jurisdictions change, we have remained static.”

He noted how an instrument such as the proposed institute would help Puerto Rico avoid in the future the different crises affecting the island today, while giving the commonwealth the opportunity to successfully compete in a rapidly changing world.

“For example, a couple of years ago, no one in Puerto Rico was talking about the Zika virus, when it had already begun to spread through the Pacific Ocean. The PRo-active Institute would have had developed strategies to prevent its arrival to Puerto Rico in a timely manner. The latter would likewise happen with all the challenges that constantly emerge at the local, regional and global levels,” Rosselló said.

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