Bruce Mac Master responded to José Antonio Ocampo for criticism of the tax reform: “It's nothing personal”

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The union leader emphasized that staying in ANDI until 2025 is a sign of the union's independence and not a defiant message to the national government

Bruce Mac Master responded to José Antonio Ocampo for his criticism of the tax reform: “It is nothing personal”

Regarding his ratification to continue leading the businessmen's guild, Bruce Mac Master took it as a vote of confidence in his management Image: Andi.

In the midst of the back-and-forth return of messages that comes holding Bruce Mac Masterwith the Government of Gustavo Petro and his officials for the tax reform, the Andi National Board of Directors announced the determination to ratify him as president and extend his mandate for an additional period, until November 2025.

News that would not have gone down very well with the national government. In an interview with Yamid Amat on November 9, the Minister of Finance, José Antonio Ocampo, assured that he has a very good relationship with the unions, but Mac Master, “is one of the tough ones, that is, he is extremely critical of the proposals”.

In the same way, Mac Master responded to the head of the Treasury portfolio.

“In the discussion of the tax reform we made a spokesperson that sought the best for the country. It was not an attack on him, far from it, a personal attack. We hope that the minister understands it and we can create a mechanism where we can support, criticize, build and leave our alerts about things that happen in public policy,” said the union leader in his interview with Amat.

Regarding his ratification to continue leading the businessmen's guild, Bruce Mac Master took it as a vote of confidence in his management. “We are united and we want to work under a constructive dynamic with the national governmentl. I represent a Board of Directors and 1,500 members of an active union, and historically important in the country. We just want to debate as openly as possible.”

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In his talk with Yamid Amat, Mac Master warned that they have maintained a close relationship with the Government of Gustavo Petro. “The dialogue is incredibly fluid. That's what democracy is like: the consensus of people who think differently and I don't think the government is bothered by that.”

In this regard, he stated that tomorrow they will present, together with the national government, a plan to assist those affected by the winter wave in the country. “We will launch with the Risk Management Unit and the Department for Social Prosperity (DPS) a document on environmental events. We have worked on many fronts.”

Likewise, he affirmed that he has seen positive things during the first 100 days of the Petro government. “There are still many things to be seen, and we have not agreed on some. But positive things have been seen in the Ministries of Education, Agriculture and Commerce.”

At this point he sent a message to José Antonio Ocampo again. “We understand that you have felt uncomfortable about the observations we made about the tax reform. But that is the exercise of democracy. There is a very interesting job from guild. We didn't like the effects on the inflationary economy, on our checking account or the employment issues. We will always talk about the issues that seem dangerous to us.”

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Before ending his talk, Bruce Mac Master emphasized that staying in ANDI until 2025 is a sign of the union's independence and not a challenging message to the national government, which he invited to have a “rich, technical debate: let there be the possibility of discussion. The most solid decisions are those that are born from dialogue.”

The Cartagena union leader emphasized that they will be critical and transparent with the ruling party and will express their disagreements about decisions that do not seem appropriate to them and that they may affect the national economy, “since the tax reform, we have said that we are concerned about many things, others that were good and some that could be improved. We did not sit down to talk and they could be changed”, he concluded.