The interview was recorded during Brilev’s visit to Montevideo, where he also met with representatives of the Latin American Association for Integration (ALADI) and the Latin American Energy Organisation (OLADE).
The global transition to sustainable development was among the topics raised in the interview. “Today more than ever we can speak of sustainable development. We are going through an unexpected situation which has shown us more than ever the need for a balance, with risks. But we must return to a balanced “normality”. We must achieve a balance between new technologies, the development of science and the well-being of humanity and the world of work,” Mr. Sanguinetti stated. In his view, education, which is also undergoing difficult changes, can become an anchor in the transition period: “The biggest challenge today is education, achieving the change from analogue to digital citizens. Education is inevitably the solution as it has always been throughout history.”
As the first democratically elected president since the fall of the military dictatorship in 1985, Mr. Sanguinetti ushered in a new era in the country’s politics. After normalising relations with Spain and the Soviet bloc in the second half of the 1980s, Mr. Sanguinetti initiated integration with several Latin American nations, including Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. In 1991, when Sanguinetti’s first presidential term was over, Uruguay signed the Asuncion Treaty with these countries, which marked the beginning of the common market for South American countries (MERCOSUR). Mr. Sanguinetti also managed to restore economic growth: in 1983-1984, Uruguay’s GDP fell by 10.3% and 1.1%, respectively, while in 1985 it grew by 1.5%, and in 1986 and 1987 – by 8.8% and 8%, according to the World Bank.
In the coming days, a detailed interview will be available on the Global Energy Association website and social networks.