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Suggestion to tie ministers pay to actual results like GDP

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Businessmen believe they and the government live in parallel worlds, thus they suggest tieying the government’s pay to actual results, for example, GDO (gross domestic product) indicators, just like it is a widespread practice in companies. Such a suggestion was expressed in the business portal Nozare.lv organized discussion in Kuldiga.

The participants of the discussion say the government does not adopt long-term decisions and does not even take responsibility for the short-term ones.

We live, as if, in parallel worlds. However, there is a simple solution to this, similarly like in companies – you get bonuses, when there are results. If the goverment’s remuneration depended on actual results, for example GDP growth, their actions would be much different, says SIA Arktika G Head Artis Rozītis.

Agricultural machinery trader Amazone Executive Director Baiba Mikāla points out this is a very logical system they also practice. Each industry and each employee has its objectives. You get bonuses, when you show results. Unfortunately, the current government’s actions are not result-oriented.

The government is aware they are to stay in those positions for some time, thus they do not bother taking long-term decisions promoting the welfare of the state, says Mikāla.

Who would not like to have no responsibilities but earn 2000-3000 lats a month? Moreover, with paid transport costs, Rozitis comments upon the work of the politicians, comparing the situation to a free fall with added weight, similarly as the government wants to see how much people can take.

I am constantly being imposed some fees for some things that have not been carried out in my company. I take material responsibility for the actions of my business. Unfortunately, no one is answering for anything in the government, says SIA Linde representative Nansija Linde.

The businessmen are convinced unless the work of the government does not change, people will continue to emigrate from the state to look for job.

They are also concerned about the fact those who leave – do it together with their families and children, thus they have no reasons to come back. More and more young people able to adapt more easily leave as well.

Mikāla singles out another social issue, namely, the huge number of retired persons and the little number of those filling the state and the social budget. Given the huge taxes, she says she was wondering whether she was granting bonuses to her employees or the state.

I do want to be honest with my state, but the government, which is representing it, makes me consider other options as well, she concludes.


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  1. Kim says:

    This is a good idea, at last something is done regarding this matter.

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  2. Gunnar says:

    “Businessmen …and the government live in parallel worlds” — finally, someone points this out!

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