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Jun 21, 2016

Hugo Patt on Sugar Industry Negotiations

Hugo Patt

Since Minister of Labor Hugo Patt has also been G.O.B.’s representative in the sugar industry, we also asked for an update on negotiations between G.O.B., the three cane-farmers associations and ASR/B.S.I. on a framework going forward. The industry has faced challenges caused by tension between players and market prices and Patt told us today that there are more challenges ahead.


Hugo Patt, Minister of Labor

“I don’t want to preempt anything. Certainly the sugar industry is going through a series of events. I can tell you for one that this is going to be a challenging year for us. We’re looking at world prices, we’re looking at the market and really it is a difficult time for the industry. I can tell you that we have every confidence that both the cane-farmers and the millers will sit down together and ironing out their differences. I think the sugar industry itself has been very dynamic, but in terms of their personal and responsible manner in putting aside differences and being able to come up for the betterment of the industry, I think they have shown that capacity to do so, they have shown that maturity to do so and I feel very confident that in the challenges ahead we will move in a very positive manner.”

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1 Response for “Hugo Patt on Sugar Industry Negotiations”

  1. Jambalaya says:

    In other words; he doesn’t have a clue!

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