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Brazil and Argentina stop us

Brazil and Argentina stop us

“In these times that are coming, that the political effervescence increases, we must all help to take care of our democracy, which is a successive construction of all the political parties and outside the political parties,” said the president, before highlighting the work and permanence of the government coalition and the work together with five of those political parties, through crisis and even a pandemic that they faced “with conviction.”

A coalition for which “many signed the death certificate before being born”, “a government coalition that is here, with its nuances, and continues to govern with a clear direction,” he stated Lacalle Pou, and of which he also highlighted the impulse and sanction of the Urgent Consideration Law (LUC). “None of the disastrous effects that were predicted with the LUC have happened. It is a law that generated and expanded freedoms and was also the basis of the most important reforms carried out by this government,” he noted, giving free transit as an example. , rental mechanisms, number portability, financial freedom and the promotion of micro, small and medium-sized businesses.

“On March 1, 2020, I invited you to work for the freedom in all its forms or in most of its forms,” ​​the president recalled. “And by inviting them to work for that freedom, we also went ahead to say that we wanted to be measured with that yardstick at the end of the government. “If Uruguayans are freer today or when the government ends than they were, we will have accomplished the task,” he stated.

In that sense, before beginning the review of the improvements achieved during the last four years, the president emphasized that “the discussion is not about State yes or State no, that is older than the mate hole in our country. The discussion is where is the State and where it is not.”

“We can’t fight with numbers”

“What we cannot do is fight against the numbers, which are stubborn and are what they are. We have to fight against reality,” he said. Lacalle Pou at the time of starting the segment in which he reviewed some of the important achievements of his administration, starting with the sanction of the LUC. Among them, the first and most prominent was the question of security, which he entered remembering the recent crime figures recorded by the Ministry of Interior.

“That is the photo, but if we see the film, for the first time in many years, the upward trend in crimes was broken and today it is a downward trend,” he said, quickly clarifying that “we are not satisfied.” “I am not conceptually satisfied because I do not believe that violence and crime are an accepted and normal form of citizen coexistence,” he added, without failing to recognize the progress made in terms of technological improvements and prevention of incidents of insecurity.

The housing policies and “the freedom to be able to provide a roof for the family” were another of the points chosen during the assessment, not only since the expansion of the Mevir throughout the country but also from the Promoted Housing Law. “In recent days I heard a discussion about whether it was for people who live or it was for investing. I think we know that construction has the virtue of employing, today we have a record of wages paid in construction since 2014, 2015; and at At the same time, a market is generated, which should lower rental prices,” he noted. Lacalle Pou.

Along the same lines, the president emphasized growth in social politics, with the doubling of funds for the “most needy and most deprived people” at the end of the five years of the coalition government – from $240 million to $420 million; and in investment in health, especially in mental health with the 20 million dollars allocated in last year’s Accountability for mental health and addiction prevention policies. “We are saving lives,” he said, explaining the importance of the aforementioned investment and expressing that, “necessarily, I imagine, it is not my place to get involved in politics in the next five years, but it must be a State policy.”

And as expected, also the educational transformation, as well as the important improvements in terms of employment and salary They were especially mentioned by the president as part of the advances in the “freedom to follow personal dreams.” Advances made possible, in addition, by the characteristics of the country: democracy, institutions, compliance with the laws, national policies in the medium and long term, according to him. Lacalle Pou.

Regarding the small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the “engine of the economy”, the president emphasized the tax reduction that contributed to the “dynamics that help investment and spending”; as well as the policy to support entrepreneurs.

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President Luis Lacalle Pou highlighted the main achievements of the Uruguayan government during the last four years.

“Brazil and Argentina stalled”

When referring to the policy of opening of marketsone of the pillars of the reforms proposed by the coalition government, Lacalle Pou pointed out that many spaces were opened for Uruguayan products, the “majority of agricultural products and other important niches in which Uruguay is superior to other countries.

However, he acknowledged that “the progress in terms of agreements with blocs and with other countries has not been what one would have wanted.” “But the pitcher always goes to the fountain… I have no doubt that the challenge that the Mercosur It is opening up to the world. And if we all go, we are stronger, but if we don’t all go, we go alone because we are still strong enough to move in the world, he added.

In that sense, Lacalle Pou again targeted the regional partners: “I am not saying anything new if I say that Brazil and Argentina “Somehow they stop us from moving forward in bilateral agreements, for example with China”.

In any case, the president also highlighted the achievements obtained in negotiations with the governments of both countries. In the case of Argentina, and in the midst of what he noted as a “historic investment in the Port of Montevideo“, he expressed about the agreement to increase the dredging of the port to 14 meters, “something that all of us who are here, after 200 years of struggle between ports trying to be what we have the vocation to be: port, city , country; and I can assure you that it is a before and after in what the hub does in our bay.

With Brazil, meanwhile, he recognized the agreement for the free trade zone achieved with the government of Jair Bolsonarowhile he highlighted the agreements to promote regional economic development reached with the government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva: the binationality of The airport of Rivera, the bridge over Yaguarón River and the tender in entirely Brazilian territory for the canal that connects the Las Lagunas waterway.

A look at balance between the economy and the environment

A topic that Lacalle Pou He considered it appropriate to highlight the government’s work in environmental matters in a complementary way with economic objectives. In this sense, he particularly recognized the issuance of the “green bond”, which rewards and punishes according to environmental compliance.

“Last year he did the same thing. World Bank, He gave us a unique loan in which he will reward us with a reduction in interest if we comply. “If that starts to work, it spills over into the rest of national politics,” the president considered.

In terms of environmental policies, the investment of $17 million in closing landfills across the country “for the first time in history” was another highlight. But the comment about the beginning of the Arazatí project, which contemplates the construction of a new water treatment plant for the metropolitan area, was the one that received the most applause from those present: “This government is going to leave on March 1, 2025 without saying what needs to be done in matter of drinking water, starting the work of Arazatí in the near future,” he stated Lacalle Pou, along with the announcement that sanitation works will also begin soon in 61 localities in the interior.

Source: Ambito

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