Puglia that thinks about after Covid Here are some solutions to grow

twelve o’clockMay 29, 2020 – 9:30 pm

“Take off against the wind. Chronicles from the Puglia galaxy” by journalist Luciano Sechi and Luigi Triggiani, general secretary of Unioncamere Puglia

Propose some avenues for recovery, avoiding slogans or generic statements of principle. This is the aim of the book “Taking off against the wind. Chronicles from the Puglia galaxy »(Editions from the South) by the journalist Luciano Sechi and Luigi Triggiani, general secretary of Unioncamere Puglia, coming out these days. An analysis that sequences the economic and social situation before the Covid-19 crisis and during the pandemic, proposing from a local perspective a reasoning and concrete answers on the region’s profound transformation process. Puglia, moreover, emphasize the authors, “has always been an anomaly, different from the rest of the South, with many specificities of entrepreneurial dynamism, of strength, perhaps Levantine, of getting busy”. The analysis, corroborated by sector focus, from agri-food, to construction, from wood to furniture, from mechatronics to tourism, which show how before the pandemic Puglia tried to finally overcome the crisis of 2008/09, offers ideas and proposals also looking beyond local and national borders.

The situation

If it is true that the situation is difficult, the authors reason, this cannot be an alibi to avoid tackling merit issues without preconceptions of political or ideological alignment. Of course Puglia is different. A Mezzogiorno “more active, more dynamic, capable of unexpected performances like those of the living room district born independently capable of facing the weather of foreign markets, without aid and support, in a territory that was once the empire of the Cassa del Mezzogiorno” . The last long years of crisis have now been joined by the one triggered by the pandemic. There was the tragedy of Ilva and today there is uncertainty about the future of Arcelor Mittal, the desertification of the industrial area of ​​Bari, the progressive depletion of the productive fabric in Salento and in Capitanata, the weakening of agriculture, however, it remains a pillar of the regional economy, also affected by xylella.

The context

Yet despite everything, Sechi and Triggiani point out, thanks also to the fiction and films shot on the shores of the Adriatic, in the narrow streets of the white towns of the coast and in the land of pizzica, Puglia has continued to represent a sort of wonderful place, paradise for tourists, buen retiro for great actresses and celebrities of entertainment and politics, scenography of fabulous exotic weddings, exclusive landing place for elite tourism, able to compete with Chiantishire. A sort of magical land without those immanent archaisms typical of other territories of Southern Italy, capable of representing a balance between natural beauty and production capacity. A real anomaly for the South. An anomaly that, however, the numbers of the statistics and the anger of the unemployed, especially young people and graduates too often forced to head north have cracked.

The push of family welfare

A ferocious scenario that only the typical southern family welfare has been able to mitigate. Of course, cultural investments remain important but now there is a problem of structural interventions even in the face of an almost self-referential entrepreneurial class – apart from a few very laudable exceptions – which is too often able to float rather than relaunch. All this while the task of a reorganization of the local credit system is emerging which, especially in a phase of desirable recovery, will have a decisive role if it has the ability to focus decisively on investment and development, innovation and employment. Only in this way – the authors underline – will it also be possible to relaunch consumption and ease the tightness of family economies, whose margins are thinning. If families stay on bread and water, there will hardly be room for taralli and focaccias and many shutters will only remain lowered.

May 29, 2020 | 21:30