Santos starts to prepare entry into government with a strong economic vision.
Fernando Munoz Bogota, June 21 .- Juan Manuel Santos today dedicated his first day as president-elect of Colombia to prepare for the transfer of Government with the outgoing president, Alvaro Uribe, in a meeting of strong economic content, before announcing that his minister Finance will be his former collaborator Juan Carlos Echeverry.
So evidenced the Saints priority on economic issues that drive security policies Uribe in his eight, jumpgate evolution credits, years in office.
The surprise of the day was the announcement of Echeverry, who pledged to create 2.5 million jobs, 500,000 formalized, says he does not consider the sale of major viable state enterprises such as Ecopetrol and Isagen.
At a crowded press conference after his meeting with Uribe, the winner of Sunday's election also defined, aika gold, its policy on the role of government in economic affairs: "I do not like selling assets to plug fiscal gaps" because "it's not healthy selling to an economy in productive enterprises.
As an example of the importance accorded to the economy added that the five "engines" to improve the growth during his administration, which began on 7 August, will be agriculture,, sto credits, social housing, infrastructure, mining and oil , and innovation.
"As we've said in the campaign to create jobs must be put into motion a series of policies" that would generate jobs, "including a high growth of the economy", he added.
Throughout the day, Santos received messages of presidents of various countries, but in the conference call only feature that made Ecuador's Rafael Correa and the statement it released the Government of Venezuela in which congratulates him on his victory.
"Talk with President Correa this morning, my name, very friendly dialogue on how to find a route to further enhance relations and to accelerate that process," explains Santos.
And rrring to Venezuela welcomed the statement of congratulations that issued the Government of that country, which he said: "I appreciate and value greatly, is a first positive gesture towards that aim to restore relations for the sake of our peoples" .
I take your presence at the national and foreign press to express their "best intentions and all the availability for the government of Venezuela to feel calm and confident."
I also welcome the "silence" of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, during the campaign for the presidential runoff in Colombia against the encroachments made public in the first stage of the election.
About USA said his government will maintain the collaboration in the fight against drug trafficking because "Colombia is not simply a public health problem but national security."
Also, I think they are wrong the analysts who have said that in his speech on Sunday, which announced some of the lines of his Government, there is a gap with Uribe.
And as proof he rrred to his meeting today with the outgoing president to coordinate the timing of the delivery of Government.
"I'll make my government, made his" Santos said, warning, however,that Uribe is one of the best people can interpret the situation in Colombia and so he consulted on many of the policies that address during his tenure.
Finally, to advance to the August 7, when taken over as head of the Colombian State, plans to rest for a few days but also to tour abroad, to destinations that still looks and his team of advisers.
"I will see how combine a few days rest with visits to different countries (…), later this week we will have a clearer picture," he concluded. fer-erm/tg