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On 22 February, Paulo Areosa Feio, PlanAPP’s Director, participated in the “Planning for development: current international experience” seminar, at ISCTE-IUL, on the interpretation of economic strategies and the impact of planning on the quality of public policies and the structural change of economies.
In this seminar, moderated by Ricardo Paes Mamede, Deputy Director of the Department of Political Economy at ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon, the Director of PlanAPP reminded participants of “the decisive role of planning to produce structural change in our societies and economies”, recognising that “this ability to introduce substantial change and meet far-reaching objectives through planning processes and instruments equally far-reaching, is now very limited, especially in countries like Portugal, which are very dependent on factors that are not, as yet, entirely under control”.

Questioned about the current state of planning in Portugal, Paulo Areosa Feio, reaffirmed the need to “study, analyse and anticipate the future”, always starting from big questions that allow us to understand “what the big challenges are that the country will face in the next 10 years, and which are the structural changes that the country needs best to integrate itself in the modern world”.

The issues related to the mobilisation of resources, the capacity of our society to plan in a structured way, the legitimisation and recognition of the very important role that these factors play, including in shaping the public debate, were also highlighted by PlanAPP’s Director, who reinforced the need for “persistence and continuity” of the work developed, which “requires some kind of consensus in our society regarding the need for an intervention of this nature”.

This initiative, which also counted on the participation of Joana Almodôvar, Director of the Strategy and Studies Office (GEE), João Ferreira do Amaral, Professor of the ISEG and João Paiva Silva, Professor at the ISCTE-IUL, is part of the cycle of thematic seminars “Public and Democratic Planning Initiative”, promoted by the Observatory on Crisis and Alternatives (CRISALT) of the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (CES-UC), the Portuguese Association of Political Economy (ECPOL), the Higher Institute of Work and Business Sciences – University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), the Centre for Studies on Socioeconomic Change and the Territory (DINÂMIA’CET – IUL) and the Institute for Public and Social Policies (IPPS-IUL).

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