martes, mayo 24, 2005

Catalunya a vista de Wiki

por Ramon

El amigo Solso nos envía la referencia de una enciclopedia online sobre Catalunya que muestra una notable concisión y precisión al situar el recorrido del país ante la llegada de la sociedad del conocimiento. Aquí tenéis la
referencia completa y no está mal compararla con la que ofrece wikipedia. Podríamos recuperar la discusión sobre la credibilidad de las enciclopedias online.

El párrafo ilustrativo:

After Franco's death (
1975) and the adoption of a democratic Spanish constitution (1978), Catalonia recovered cultural and some political autonomy. Until recently, Catalonia was generally recognized as the most economically dynamic region of Spain. However, this appears to be changing fast - the tendency of foreign companies to set up their headquarters and main factories in Madrid and the increasing popularity of other autonomous regions as destinations for foreign capital has accelerated over the last decade. Catalonia's traditional competitive advantages are being seriously eroded as lack of local and central government investment in public infrastructure (roads, schools, university research, etc.) becomes increasingly apparent. The region's educational system also compares poorly with several others in Spain, and very poorly at the European level. As a result, the risk of Catalonia failing to make a successful transition from an industrial economy to a knowledge-based one is looming ever larger. To make matters worse, various international companies have shifted their plants from Catalonia to former Eastern Bloc countries (where labour expenses are much lower and workers are generally more skilled). Recent EU expansion to 25 nations may mean that Catalonia is no longer able to compete at either the technical level or on price with many countries in Eastern Europe - a fear that is widely expressed in specialist publications and in the local business press but which is omitted from official information for foreign investors. Tourism has been a bulwark of the Catalan economy ever since the late 60s. However, it shows signs of flagging, too, as tourists tire of the now overdeveloped and pricy Costa Brava and opt for more exotic destinations in the Caribbean and Indian Ocean. Several British tour operators have already struck large resorts like Lloret del Mar and Salou from their brochures. The local debate on promoting "quality tourism" may have come too late.