100 Days to a New Era in Montenegro

Prime Minister Igor Lukšić has written an impressive post to his personal blog, 100 Days to a New Era in Montenegro.

The article is impressive as much for it’s candor as for it’s vision. He writes openly about his heartfelt respect for the people of Montenegro and of the government’s responsibilities to match the virtues of it’s people.

Lukšić is politely respectful towards his predecessor, Milo Đukanović, but clearly differentiates his style and his vision for a new era in Montenegro.  He writes:

“The core of our past, current and future policy, can be summed up in three words: growth, integration and transparency. Growth will arise from our low taxes and smart investment policies. The administration will spend public money warily and wisely.”

This sort of straightforward wisdom clearly results from a deep knowledge of, and respect for, the laws of economics.  The people of most nations would be far better off if their government’s understood the economic benefits of low taxes and fiscally responsible government.

Lukšić calls upon the people of Montenegro to participate in their government and to hold it accountable:

“We cannot consider transparency and accountability as passive concepts in democracy. Montenegrins must be aware of the fact that their government is worthy of their trust, and that we are acting solely on their interests. Montenegro being small in population, it shouldn’t, couldn’t and it won’t have a government that operates in isolation from its own society.”

Lukšić’s plans for the future of Montenegro rely heavily upon technology, which is a pretty reasonable bet in 2011 and a wise policy for a nation which seeks to balance economic growth and ecological conservation:

“Universal Internet access is a precondition of competitiveness. At present, fewer than half of Montenegrins have access to the Internet. I want and I will endeavor in increasing this proportion rapidly to total nationwide coverage. The Internet is the most effective way for citizens to keep themselves informed, participate in the political process, and to keep their politicians accountable. It will allow people to vault over the trenches of bureaucracy and it will reduce the distance between citizens and decision makers. My cabinet will rely heavily on the opportunities the Internet provides.”

Igor’s closing statement illustrates both his appreciation of history and his remarkable humility — significant assets for leaders and rare attributes among modern politicians:

“A great statesman once offered his people blood, toil, tears and sweat in his inaugural address. The world has changed a lot since then: It now only demands our toil and sweat. This is a sacrifice we are willing to make.”

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