At the conference of the National Association of Recovered Industries, Uruguayan President highlighted the task of cooperatives in the country, defending different projects of workers of the 28 firms that participated in the event .
Mujica claimed during his speech that he promotes cooperative productive development. Also, the president was accompanied by the Minister of Labor Eduardo Brenta and Acting Industry, Edgardo Ortuño. Several of the front- line of his government endorsed his sayings and raised the “need” for a strong state role in promoting self-management and development.
“The state should be functional again” said the director of the Office of Planning and Budget (OPP), Gabriel Frugoni , who confirmed that ” the self-management of industries is fundamental ” for Uruguay .
For his part, Foreign Minister Luis Almagro spoke during the day’s activities, saying “managed firms are the seeds of social change” that his government seeks and raised to “create a new balance of power between the worker and the production system.”
Finally, he concluded that “the social economy is gaining space” within their country and stressed the “solidarity” of the enterprises.