Who is Adolfo Sachsida, the new Minister of Mines and Energy

Lawyer and economist with a postdoctoral degree from the University of Alabama, the former secretary of Paulo Guedes has held different positions in the Ministry of Economy since the beginning of the Bolsonaro government.


Before taking up his position at the Ministry of Economy, the new minister was a researcher with an emphasis on economic research.

Appointed as Minister of Mines and Energy, in publication in the Official Gazette (DOU) this Wednesday, 11, Adolfo Sachsida is a lawyer and doctor in economics from the University of Brasília (UnB) and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alabama, in the United States. Before assuming command of the portfolio, he held the position of head of the Special Advisory for Strategic Affairs of the Ministry of Economy, having been in the position since February 2nd of this year, when he replaced Daniella Marques. Previously, also in the portfolio headed by Paulo Guedes, Sachsida was Secretary of Economic Policy, a position he has held since the beginning of the Bolsonaro government, in January 2019.

Before taking up his first position at the Ministry of Economy, the new minister was a researcher with an emphasis on economic research and economic policy advice at the Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA), a position he has held since April 1997. Adolfo Sachsida’s experiences also include classes as an undergraduate, master’s and doctoral professor in economics at the Catholic University of Brasília (UCB) from 2000 to 2007, where he also taught in the law department and was director of graduate and undergraduate economics. At the University of Texas, in the United States, he was a professor for about a year, teaching introductory classes to economics and international trade.

In addition to positions in federal government agencies and academic experiences, the new minister is also the author of the books “Determining Factors of the Wealth of a Nation”, “Economic, Social and Moral Considerations on Taxation”, and “The Crisis of 2007-09 : A Liberal Explanation”, as well as technical articles on economic, monetary and fiscal policy, public policy assessment and taxation. On previous occasions, in interviews with the Young Pan NewsAdolfo Sachsida was against granting salary readjustments to public servants, stating that the values could be earmarked for poorer populations or tax cuts, reinforcing respect for the spending ceiling. “We have to set aside our resources to fight the pandemic and to help those most in need. This is not the time for salary readjustments. Of course, one or another correction can be made, but with great prudence, with great serenity, ”he said in December last year.

Still in 2021, Adolfo Sachsida starred in a controversy when he said that it was necessary to “pass the knife on the System S” to put into practice the program to include young people in the job market, which caused a reaction from entities such as SESI, SENAI and the National Confederation of Industries. The entities regretted the statements and spoke of “a profound lack of knowledge of how the institutions already contribute, effectively and permanently, to the insertion of young Brazilians in the job market, especially those from less favored classes”. On another occasion, in December 2020, the then Secretary of Economic Policy defended the reforms and privatizations as the way to ensure economic growth in Brazil.

Change in the Ministry of Mines and Energy

The dismissal of Bento Albuquerque from the command of the Ministry of Mines and Energy came amid criticism from the president Jair Bolsonaro the price of fuel and a new hike in the diesel tariff, consolidated at R$0.40 for distributors on Monday, 9th. . Through social media, the now Minister of Mines and Energy thanked the president for his trust. “I thank President Jair Bolsonaro for his trust, Minister Guedes for his support and Minister Bento for his work on behalf of the country. With a lot of work and dedication, I hope to be up to this, which is the biggest professional challenge of my career. With the grace of God we will help Brazil,” he wrote in the twitter this Wednesday.


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