Monday, December 11, 2023

The Comptroller’s Office sheds light on the rise in energy tariffs in the Colombian Caribbean

Various energy unions in the country responded to the national government’s request to promote the demonstration for a reduction in electricity tariffs. Public service.

One of those who showed his non-conformity was Camilo Sanchez President of the National Association of Public Service and Communications Companies (Andesco), who noted that efforts must be made to avoid a real and financial blackout due to lack of supply at any given time.

“The government is the one that has the power and the majorities in the Creg and for the mining minister to say he cannot make decisions because of the companies is a fallacy. Let’s not start populism by saying we’re going to march. Will we be able to lower interest rates with the marches? No, it must be done with instruments through the Creg,” emphasized Sánchez during the event. Caribe BIS Forum in Barranquilla.

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In this sense, he added that new resources must be made available from the budget.

“It is the right time because today in Congress we are voting on this budget and that is where we have to set priorities. There is an example: President Petro says that $1.2 billion will be spent on aid 100,000 Colombians, With the same money we can help 10 million Colombians on the coast and reduce tax rates,” emphasized Sánchez.

He added that one proposal is to place loans worth more than a billion pesos in Findeter at a subsidized interest rate. “It took at least $2 billion for companies to have liquidity in this way and not have a financial blackout.”

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Another point he made was “not to hide the money you have from what you stopped paying during the pandemic.”

For his part, Alejandro Castañeda, president of the National Association of Electric Generating Companies (Andeg) claimed that the solution to the tariffs lies with the national government itself.

“We have said that the tariff difference in the Caribbean is large for a reason and that it is a regulatory element, which is that this user covers the energy losses and the rest of the country does not cover them. This is one of the measures the government can take. This requires resources. We proposed it in the development plan, but the government has the solution,” said the Andeg president.

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