Politician Humberto Calderón Berti believes that Gustavo Petro read the Venezuelan problem very well for agreeing to the gradual reopening of the border to prevent a larger flow of people to his country. He believes that the Venezuelan State, instead of seeking foreign investment and ceding arable land to countries like Iran, should return the expropriated land to its owners.
Humberto Calderón Berti, former representative in Colombia of the interim government headed by Juan Guaidó, hopes that the president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, does not dismantle the social programs established by his predecessor, Iván Duque, that benefit Venezuelan migrants in the neighboring country.
In an interview given to EVTV This Sunday, August 21, Calderón Berti said he had no reason to doubt that Petro would continue the programs, but he did ask him to prevent the massive presence of Venezuelan security agencies “that are going to harass, harass or persecute” those who are refugees. .
In his opinion, Venezuela “is not fixed” and he believes that one of the things that indicates that the Colombian president has read the Venezuelan problem is the fact that he sent his foreign minister, Álvaro Leyva, to talk with the Venezuelan foreign minister, Carlos Faría, in San Cristóbal to agree on a progressive opening of the border between Colombia and Venezuela.
In that sense, he warned that if the border is opened “like a church door,” what will happen is an increase in the migratory flow from Venezuela to Colombia and not the other way around.
On the other hand, he does not believe that Gustavo Petro will be able to get rid of the oil and coal industry because it is the one that gives 75% of the income to Colombia
Regarding the Darién jungle, Humberto Calderón Berti said that people are forced to make the decision to go to the United States through that dangerous area because they know that in Latin American countries there are no job opportunities, but rather what there is it is a social pressure in each of the nations due to the presence of Venezuelan migrants; all generated because the administration of Nicolás Maduro does not provide opportunities to the people, who in the end have no way to support themselves and decide to go in search of a better quality of life.
He believes that the Venezuelan State, instead of seeking foreign investment and ceding arable land to countries like Iran, should return the expropriated land to its owners; The return of the oil experts is allowed to recover PDVSA and allow the private company to rise up so that the country recovers.
Humberto Calderón Berti recognized that much more emphasis must be placed on the country’s education because that is the “fundamental axis” of a nation’s growth and not only in university careers, but also in trades so that in the end people are allowed to have a better quality of life. He also expressed that it is necessary to design public policies that are modern and that the private sector develop potentialities.
He stated that a “great effort” must be made to rebuild the social fabric in Venezuela and achieve the necessary consensus so that we all live in Venezuela. Therefore, it is important to find a way to conduct a process that allows political changes in the country.