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Dr Brilev: the issue of job preservation needs to be solved after the pandemic

Job preservation will be one of the main issues after the Coronavirus pandemic, said Sergey Brilev, President of the Global Energy Association, on Monday. He took part in the online session "Economic Impact, Path to Recovery and Evolving Perspective".

"It’s time, to stop being hostages to slogans and resume a calm conversation about the energy balance, that will help solve the issue of preserving jobs after the pandemic… there is a very proper way of considering a state of affairs, number of jobs. Do we want, or don’t we want to keep jobs after the crisis?” Brilev said.

The other question is, who would assume the cost of a higher price of electricity for more expensive, but admittedly appealing clean sources. “And here we have a clean contradiction between the South and the North, talking in a very broad terms, because, yes…a person, a wealthy person, living, let’s say, in London, in New York or Paris is indeed happy and ready to pay a triple price for electricity in order to save the climate. But what about the developing world?" he asked.

According to Dr Brilev, it’s very hard to sell this idea to a person living in the Sub-Saharan Africa, saying that he or she will have to pay a triple price for electricity, especially in a place where the concept of electricity in non-existent. “In my view, what the Covid - crisis has taught us is that we, who are not ready even for a humble solidarity between countries, are starting a fight again around concepts, which are not acceptable to many, idealistic for others, and money- creating for another third faction. I haven’t got any answers, but these are the issues, which must be discussed now and looked upon from the tower of not just economic viability, but also social responsibility.

The head of the Global Energy Association emphasized that both of these issues will be discussed on June 17, as part of a large online conference "COVID-19: Accelerating a better energy future for all". It will be held in preparation for the World Energy Congress (WEC) scheduled for 2022 in St. Petersburg.  

The conference was attended by a number of international experts, including Yamil Quispe, Head of the Pacifica organisation from Argentina; Andrey Gorokhov, political scientist, editor-in-chief of the scientific journal "Russian Political Science", Chairman of the Autonomous non-profit organisation «Laboratory of Humanitarian Projects»; Professor Jose Matemulane from Mozambique; Dragana Trifkovic, Director of the Center for Geopolitical Studies of Serbia.

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