Martinelli: "No More Ruthless Capitalism"

"In my government, the interests of the people come first. For that the country needs abundant energy at a fair price".

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Panamanian Government announced measures to lower energy bills, and, in the words of president Ricardo Martinelli, they "must be effective, and reflected in lower fees to users".

"I will be personally involved in this topic, because in this country, law must be complied with", said Martinelli, adding that "we want businessmen, not ruthless ones ('empresaurios', in his own Spanish words) who engage in savage capitalism. Some international companies are hiding behind what is dubbed legal certainty; but nobody cares about the people's legal certainty".

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