A man with a diverse background, Jose Manuel Gonzales, is currently the deputy to the National Assembly in Guárico State. Previously, Gonzales was an agricultural businessman and also held the position of president of FEDECAMARAS. He was well known for the quality of service he performed in the area of public service from two completely different but complimentary professions. He is an entrepreneur now moving on to the world of politics.
Jose Manuel Gonzales feels there is a very precarious situation regarding Guárico agriculture. Farmers stopped producing 500,000 tons of rice and 300 thousand tons of corn, as there was no outlet for foreign exchange. Farmers faced a uncertain future in that no one could provide guaranteed sales for the crops being produced. Assembly could offer no solutions and with a closed-door policy, there was no one to hear concerns. He predicts the bleak outlook for foreign exchange will lead to food shortages in his country.
Having moments of frustration in the National Assembly, Jose Manuel Gonzales still feels the overall experience has been invaluable. Being a full-time deputy, he attends meetings and interacts in communities. He feels good about the relationship he has developed with his constituents and he has earned the respect of the caucuses. Through his statements, he has convinced the public of his belief in improving the national interest. Gonzales refuses to take the course of a politician as he believes that politics have caused the country to fall into populist discourse. He has no enemies in the National Assembly and is careful to keep balance on both sides of the situation as interests often intersect one another.
Gonzales believes the only way to solve the country’s problems in through a national agreement. This agreement should be one the country feels good about and takes into account the responsibility owed to future generations. He feels Parliament is the ideal platform to launch this agreement. The spirit of the agreement should be to stop the current crisis immediately and ensure proper governance of the country. The main goals should be peace and economic growth.