terça-feira, janeiro 11, 2005

O QUE A CIA PENSA DE NÓS Encontrei a seguinte descrição da nossa situação económica, no site do factbook elaborado anualmente pela Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Para a CIA, o atraso de Portugal deve-se, antes de mais, ao pobre sistema educativo:

"Portugal has become a diversified and increasingly service-based economy since joining the European Community in 1986. Over the past decade, successive governments have privatized many state-controlled firms and liberalized key areas of the economy, including the financial and telecommunications sectors. The country qualified for the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) in 1998 and began circulating the euro on 1 January 2002 along with 11 other EU member economies. Economic growth has been above the EU average for much of the past decade, but fell back in 2001-03. GDP per capita stands at 70% of that of the leading EU economies. A poor educational system, in particular, has been an obstacle to greater productivity and growth. Portugal has been increasingly overshadowed by lower-cost producers in Central Europe and Asia as a target for foreign direct investment. The coalition government faces tough choices in its attempts to boost Portugal's economic competitiveness and to keep the budget deficit within the 3% EU ceiling." (in "CIA - The World Factbook")