By Sol Lauria/Panama
Andres Gluski is the CEO of AES, the second largest privately-owned electricity company in Latin America. He went to Panama to take part in the Second Summit of Businessmen of the Americas, where he chatted and shared with more than 700 executives and had the opportunity to listen to 12 of the continent’s presidents. After a conference with Barack Obama (U.S.), Enrique Peña Nieto (Mexico) and Dilma Rousseff (Brazil), he spoke with Latin Trade about the present and future of the region.
Do you think this Summit was useful and positive for the sector?
I think it was an excellent summit. It was a unique opportunity to meet with many people (businessmen, presidents and cabinet ministers) in a very short time. I was really impressed with the alignment between the public and private sectors on many of the issues about private-public partnerships. We also have to use the energy and innovation of the private sector to confront problems ranging from education to the lack of infrastructure. All in all, it’s been very positive. The businessmen like very much to see the presidents of the most important countries in one place, speaking a common language.
There was a lot of talk about opening channels to bring in the general public: how should opposition to a project being started be managed?
Nowadays all projects will face opposition, from windmills to solar farms, even with the smallest environmental impact. I think the only way to deal with that is to involve …
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