The President of the Authority for Special Administrative Region of Oé-Cusse and Special Zones for Social Market Economy of Timor-Leste

The world has been experiencing cycles of economic crisis with painful social and political impacts. For decades all seemed to agree that the existing development models represented opposite paradigmatic options, unforgiving a world split into two antagonistic blocs. Each of the models was assumed exclusively as superior to another. In fact, it was not known how to assume honestly and in a consistent manner that the central question of development is to do firstly with humans. It is undeniable that the human being is eminently a social creature. As such, it is part of a whole that answers by the name of society. So the singular exists only when it is able to interact within the whole, the plural social, political, cultural and economic, but always with its own personality. It is on inclusion and participation where the keys to any process of equitable development, balanced, sustainable and sustained, are important.

In light of this reasoning can be said that the known development models no longer find solutions within their respective lines of thought and with this philosophical act they failed, they crumbled and fell self-destructed. The error is not in the market as a dynamic factor and regulator of the economy, the error is in the unregulated use of the market, leaving place to speculative consumerism ending up creating uncontrollable bubbles in the socio-economic environment.

It’s also good to note that an economic model that ignores the social component of development necessarily generates conflicts because discriminate the lack of inclusion and equity, lack of distributive social justice of wealth, fruit of all work. The new society must be inclusive, fair, dynamic. You must know how to value the individual qualities and recognize the need to take the difference as a proactive wealth of all progress. Therefore, it is urgent to build new paradigms and format a model able to tread new paths and explore new possibilities in order to overcome the existing ones.

It will be a world of all and for all, of the human race.

The Social Market Economy that I advocate is thus a concept that challenges the paradigms and development models already sold out, even those more advanced. In looking for a new model it was decided to create the Special Social Economy Market zones in Timor-Leste and the enclave of Oé-Cusse was chosen to launch the Pilot Project and the Ataúro Island as Complementary Pole.

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