A few days ago the president Andrés Manuel López Obrador He proposed that his government apply a new alternative model to measure the country’s economic growth, in which the “well-being” and happiness of the people are taken into consideration.
However, this measure had already been announced by New Zealand in 2019. In that year a proposal was presented for “wellness“, Which prioritized the improvement in the quality of life against the economic indicators.
However, the opposition of this country branded it as “institutional”, since it intended that the expenses be focused to help the most vulnerable population.
“In our first Wellbeing Budget we are measuring and paying attention to what New Zealanders value: the health of our people and our environment, the strengths of our communities and the prosperity of our nation,” said the Minister of Health that year. Finance, Grant Robertson, before Parliament.
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According to that country, this budget is intended to benefit the most vulnerable sectors of the population, therefore it introduces new expenses in mental health, the fight against child poverty and domestic violence.
This week, López Obrador recalled that his government’s Plan to get ahead is based on benefiting those below because, at the same time, it helps those above.
For this reason, he announced that this weekend he will announce the foundations of a new economic model based on “wellness” parameters.
“Now with the quarantine as I can not get out, it is serving me for reflection and analysis. This weekend I am going to publish a text about the new economy, which has to do with all this that we have talked about, how to change the parameters, and not be thinking about the GDP and not growth, but in the well-being and happiness of the people, “he stressed.
*** With information from EFE