Sergio González Velasco
Chamber of the Jewelry and Silverware Industry
Expert Contributor

Self-Employment, Entrepreneurship: Sources of Sustainable Welfare

By Sergio González Velasco | Wed, 11/18/2020 - 10:08

Among the most populous sectors of the population, there is a prevailing certainty about an authority figure who acts as a mandatory provider of goods and services indispensable for survival and progress. This has been an idea that takes its historical roots from the very heart of the family, religion and government systems. 

This was the same basis that functioned as a political platform to promote and maintain some of the current government regimes that distort and weaken the healthy structure of public finances in order to fulfill their electoral commitments, ultimately to the detriment of the popular economy in its most brutal form: inflation, depreciation and unemployment. Paradoxically, the poverty generated by these phenomena becomes these populist governments' main electoral clientele, resulting in a vicious circle that keeps many nations stagnant.

Even more painful is knowing that this culture of welfarism prevents individuals from developing their ingenuity and abilities beyond those needed to receive "scarce" government economic support. 

The state must make it a priority to provide conditions that encourage and promote intellectual, economic and social development of individuals, such as basic infrastructure for education, health and communications, which in its implementation develops the industries of the entities and in its operation strengthens the local economy.

Companies have to act as incubators for small-business projects, which will become loyal and strong allies for the distribution of their products and services as they develop, while individuals and families should not simply base their hopes on a visionary government's arrival or institution. The access to information that allows 65 percent of the population of a country like Mexico to have access to the internet can be a formative source of entrepreneurial talent given the educational potential of video and interactive elements, in addition to the personal and commercial projection platform that this represents. All this, without the political vices of the teachers' unions, costs for transportation, clothing, food, tuition and books and their use or reproduction with freedom.

The practical experience that only traditional industries can provide, which can and should act as a promoter and accreditor of the performance of those who aspire to train as technicians, professionals or new entrepreneurs, is an indispensable part of this effort. 

All government resources destined to support the training of entrepreneurs must be endorsed and accredited by the companies through their institutional representations, as well as government support or assistance programs, which in their orientation and application should be operated by international entities alien to national political life, and which, in turn, are subject to scrutiny by third parties of the same nature. 

Definitely, the formation of the entrepreneurial spirit is a must for a sustainable enrichment of the nation, given the fact that it develops individual human, intellectual, economic and social capital, which translates into natural leadership at all levels to raise the potential to generate welfare. 

An example of the promotion of entrepreneurship by the jewelry sector in Jalisco is La Joya Emprende, a program sponsored by the Chamber of Jewelry of Jalisco, which supports the entrepreneurship of jewelry companies with a high level of design, creativity and innovation. It has promoted more than 100 projects from different latitudes, including Mexico City, Zacatecas, Coahuila and Jalisco, since its inception in 2014.

Joya Emprende works within the framework of the training and annual projection scheme, enabling participants to undertake training at the hands of jewelry industry experts, as well as to exhibit in two editions of Joya, the highest expression of the jewelry industry in Latin America.