Former President of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe, supports Javier Milei’s economic measures in Argentina. The leader of the conservative Democratic Center party has shown his agreement with the tough economic policies that the new Argentinean president is determined to implement in order to try to control inflation, reduce the fiscal deficit and return the country to the path of growth.
As the American right turns towards the path marked in the most recent past by politicians such as Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro or now Milei, Colombian conservatives are leaning towards the drastic reduction of the State and the dismantling of public services.
The Colombian right wing starts the campaign
Less than a year and a half into the term of the first leftist president in Colombia, the leader of the national right reaffirms his political commitments and begins a long electoral campaign, with an eye on the 2026 presidential elections. From his role of harsh opposition to the government, confronting the social reforms that the government is trying to get through Congress, Uribe points the way for those within his party who may seek to participate in the electoral battle.
After supporting, in security matters, Bukele’s controversial measures in El Salvador, where the president has received constant complaints from human rights organizations for his hard-hitting policy against crime, the Colombian right wing now seeks to present its economic program, based on the recipes already announced in those countries where the ultra-liberal and populist right wing, with a very particular way of understanding public life, already controls the executive power.
“Many people will not agree with President Milei’s recipe, but the diagnosis is irrefutable, Ojo Colombia”, said the former president in his X account. Subsequently, Uribe made mention of 5 initiatives announced in Argentina by its president and supported by the Colombian right wing, pointing to a possible Colombian program to regain power in just two and a half years.
The measures of the Latin American right
In this regard, Uribe spoke of the reduction of bureaucracy and a thorough attack on contractor corruption; a savings goal of 3% of GDP; support for private exporters with a better official exchange rate and the strengthening of two tools to support the poorest, through the food voucher and support for children.
The measures go in the opposite direction to those advocated by the current progressive government of Colombia, for example in the health sector, where President Petro seeks to give preeminence to public management over the current one, in private hands based on agreements with companies that provide the service and manage public money.
In this sense, the reduction of bureaucracy is a reduction in the structure of the State, favoring transparency and avoiding political corruption from public works contracts.
On the other hand, the savings goal of 3% of GDP is aimed at strengthening economic stability and generating resources that can be channeled to priority areas. The same applies to the strengthening of private exporters, based on a much more favorable exchange rate, which will help economic activity to grow.
According to Milei, his policies aim to help the most vulnerable. His proposals in Argentina follow the traditional line of conservative proposals to favor access to a basic food voucher. For example, a concrete budget has already been announced in the country for the people enrolled in the social program “Potencial Employment” (Potenciar Trabajo), in order to enable them to overcome the acute economic crisis that Argentina is going through.