ibeconomía.com - martes, 7 de febrero 2017 | 1:19 Hrs.
Carmen Planas is, from 2014, the President of CAEB (Confederation of Business Associations of the Balearic Islands), the sole Balearic organization that represents companies of all sizes – big, mid, small, micro and self-employed – and sectors in the Islands.
The most urgent challenge in the Balearic economy is to recover former standards of wealth and well-being
What are the President’s goals?
Since the beginning I knew that we had to reinforce the independency of the CAEB; we also had to modernize it and, through the Impulsa Foundation, make knowledge-based and informed decisions, whether public or private, so that we could transform our economy according to the globalization criteria.
Why did the CAEB create the Impulsa Foundation?
We wanted to increase our businesses’ competitiveness. Not long ago, the Islands GDP per capita was the highest in Spain. We must increase competitiveness in the Balearic Islands because, if our firms improve, citizen’s wealth will improve as well.
What’s the most urgent challenge in the Balearic economy?
To recover former standards of wealth and well-being. We must take action immediately so that, united, the public and private sectors attract investments and supply trust and legal certainty. Only in this way can our businesses grow and create permanent and quality employment, which is what we as employers and the society wish and ask for.
How is the Islands’ economy doing?
Two years ago, when I accepted the responsibility of becoming president of the Balearic businesses representatives, we were in a recession. Today, our society is recovering. There’s still much to do but our economy is positively evolving and growing; it’s creating employment and more social security affiliations, which is a good sign because it means that Balearic employers are doing their homework and they’re doing it well.
You are always defending the Islands’ employers…
And I will always defend them because we are the ones that create employment. We start up new businesses, we invest, we take risks and, in our competitive efforts, we generate wealth and contribute to social well-being. Employers take responsibility for being the leaders of our society and do everything they can to improve the society.
But you also defend the employee…
I come from a business family has always had the employees’ interests at heart. My father told me that if employees feel a part of the company, everything goes better. The human factor is key in any enterprise. The majority of the Balearic businesses are family run; the employer is just another employee and knows that a motivated and satisfied staff, working in a safe and healthy environment, increases productivity.
What are employers asking of the government?
Dialogue. Public administrations shouldn’t make decisions behind the employers’ back. New taxes and measures that cause legal uncertainty don’t encourage investment nor competitiveness nor, therefore, employment growth. Economy needs stability and legal certainty.
What would you say to young entrepreneurs?
To fight for their vision. We must all promote entrepreneurship so that young people should consider business creation as a quality career opportunity. We must contribute, from all sides of society, to enhance the employer’s prestige so that our youth understands that starting up a business is fundamental to keep the welfare state we live in.