The meeting of Guzmán and Kicillof

The governor of the province of Buenos Aires, Axel Kicillof, and the Minister of Economy, Martin Guzman, held an extensive dialogue on Tuesday about the structural problems that limit development and economic recovery. The work meeting between the two economists took place at the Palacio de Hacienda, where they shared lunch and a long exchange on macroeconomic issues and other key points that are common to the economic agendas of both: tariffs, foreign debt, prices and foreign trade. among others.

“The Province of Buenos Aires is a productive heart of our Argentina, where the highest population density is concentrated and where we suffer a significant deficit in terms of infrastructure and housing that limits its development potential”, summarized the Minister Guzmán, in hours of the night through a tweet, one of the axes of the conversation he had with the governor.

“We discussed policies to address structural problems in the province of Buenos Aires, improving the quality of life of Buenos Aires citizens,” added the head of the Palacio de Hacienda, regarding a meeting in which some of the issues of greatest social concern today in any political field. The glances of both on the subject of prices was not absent in the extensive meeting.

The Minister’s tweets were immediately reproduced by the Governor, who had already made a similar gesture by retweeting a thread from Martín Guzmán highlighting the importance of the Extraordinary Contribution of Great Fortunes and detailing the use that is being given to the proceeds.

After his tour of the European Union – the second he made in less than 45 days, but this last time accompanying the president, Alberto Fernandez– Guzmán had to face the existing pressures upon his return after learning of the increase in the consumer price index for the month of April, reported while he was abroad. This increase of 4.1 percent represented the ninth consecutive month of increases with a floor of 2.7% per month, and the fifth in which it is computed from 3.6% up.

Both officials share concerns about the political impact of these levels of inflation, about how they affect the population’s pocketbook but also about how they affect social policies at both the national and provincial levels. Kicillof and Guzmán also shared the need to promote an active and present policy on the part of the State to mitigate the effects of the prolonged pandemic on the most vulnerable sectors.

A few hours before the meeting between the two economists, the Minister of Social Development, Daniel Arroyo placeholder image, had had harsh expressions, in a radio interview, stating that “it is clear that we are in a critical situation in social matters.” In that same report, Arroyo admitted that the implementation of a new IFE to address the situation of the most vulnerable population is “not ruled out”. Regarding this alternative and other policies that act as a safety net for those most affected by the loss or lack of income, Guzmán and Kicillof also exchanged their points of view.

Housing programs, infrastructure works to facilitate transportation and services, development potential from the promotion of foreign trade and responses to the demands of the productive sectors were also part of the broad review of the meeting between the two economists.

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