A “very good” meeting with IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva and French President Emmanuel Macron, UN intervention and meeting with Vaca Murta investors, in that order, were the points highlighted on the visit by Alberto Fernandez. Four days in the United States.
Despite getting up early to arrive on time for lunch, which he had scheduled with more than 80 oil businessmen in Houston, and three days before an intense work schedule in New York, the president spent half his hour to speak. The break has been postponed. pageI1 and the rest of the media who are part of the President’s entourage and review the focal points of his final days in New York and Houston.
The first question was about his meeting with the head of the IMF and the possibility of postponing the targets in 2023: “I talked a lot about the world economy. I warned him that the scenario had changed substantially. He said it Totally understand. I am not saying anything new as she has said to me that the scenario has changed a lot and things have to be reviewed too”, the President explained as per the speech given by the government on the matter . The possibility of revising the targets has been open since the agreement was signed in March, when it was said that the war between Russia and Ukraine was going to have an impact on macroeconomic variables. But the government prioritizes maintaining the economic program to give credibility.
On the IMF ending the surcharge on those countries above indebted countries, she explained: “She told me she was going to put that issue up for debate at the next board meeting.”
The issue of energy was a hero in the President’s visit. In a conversation with the open community of the New School of Economics, the head of state announced his intention to turn lithium into a strategic resource and announced already in Houston that he was planning an initiative to give certainty to gas and production companies. Will send bill Provides a favorable framework for setting up lithium and gas liquefaction plants.
“Yesterday I talked about the strategic importance of lithium. Indeed it is. Everyone who shared my table today talked to me about lithium and whether they are gas or oil producers, but they are seeing lithium as an important energy,” he acknowledged. After that,” he acknowledged. Assured and clarified that the challenge is “to see how to preserve the good exploitation and good production of lithium with the provinces. Because we have to remember that because of the federal system we have, the mining reserves are owned by the provinces.”
With regard to the bill, Fernandez assured that he is working on it with Minister Sergio Massa “for a few days”. He assured, “It is a project which basically aims to establish a platform and not change it. And hence it needs legal approval and hence it is a bill.”
One of the issues the president mentioned in each public intervention on the tour, and prioritized in his speech to the UN General Assembly, was his concern about the progress of hate speech in the context of the attack on Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
“After the pandemic, there has been a great social disillusionment around the world and that despair is exploited by the reactive regions, sometimes more on the left, sometimes more on the right, but those on the right. On the other hand, they seem to be prevalent and in fact promote confrontation and hate speech which sometimes enters the heads of many people and it is a problem that we have and we have to face it”, to the President. sentenced and addedThe use of social networks needs to be regulated in some waySo that the violent speech stops going around there and I feel like that’s what we have to do as a society, because no one wants what happened to Christina.”
Then he insisted that This fact cannot be downplayed by saying that “they are a bunch of crazy people, “There were people who threw lit torches and morgue bags at Casa Rosada, another who put down the guillotine that I see every few minutes hanging from a rope in Plaza de Mayo. It’s something that we as a society Cannot accept as the President.
There Two questions that the President refrained from answering: On Argentina’s position in voting in the coming days on whether or not to remove President Mauricio Claver-Caron for misconduct, and on the possibility of abolishing open, simultaneous and compulsory primaries (PASO).
At first, he said he was unaware of the report, although he established a position: “Everyone knows what I think the bank has been run since the Trump years. I think it’s good for the region.” not good that the bank is not in the hands of a latin american and the fact that We are not thinking of occupying that place in the bank, Yes, we need the Bank to respond quickly to its commitments with Argentina and it has not done so yet.”
With regard to the elections, the president assured “I am not thinking about Paso, or re-election, or political and personal situation, or my political position. I am thinking about the problems we have and How they proceed is many and all are getting worse day by day, because the world is getting harder every day”.
In this way they set off a tour that has a special condiment, it is the Tour of the Four Seasons: “We leave Buenos Aires in the winter, we arrive in New York in the summer, we celebrate an autumn day in Houston and we return. Return to Buenos Aires for spring “said a hostess of the private charter of Aerolinios Argentinas, who hired the presidential delegation.