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Looks like President Junior flubbed his first crisis, a really minor one if he only handled it properly. He exposed his lack of experience and know-how. Looks like his learning curve will be steep.

He made a political decision. He should have taken time to understand the empirical data on sugar supply and quirks in the way the industry is regulated.

In the end, Junior realized his technocrat was right and there is a need to import to alleviate a shortage already happening. To save face, the volume was reduced by half and Junior said the decision to import would be made by October after we consume stored volumes, which a politician said was around 127,000 metric tons.

Problem is, Junior…

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