Who are the entrepreneurs who negotiate "hand to hand" with the government

Beyond the issues that were discussed at the table, the meal that President Alberto Fernández shared last Tuesday with owners of the most powerful companies in the country, was a concrete political gesture towards the establishment. For the Executive and its ministers, today, criticisms, invoices, claims and negotiations have to take place in a face-to-face, protected and open meeting, away from flashes and media operations. It is no coincidence that this lunch was given precisely hours before the start of the IDEA Colloquium, which has been characterized in recent years as a platform of contrasts with Peronism, full of managers rather than owners, who tend to translate their own climates rather than seek solutions to problems.

Several of the ministers who were at the Rosada meeting have been working daily on a fragmentation of the business nexus. They clarify, however, that they are not looking for a routine with the established order, but “alternatives” that they improve the scene and that they contribute to demystify the much-talked about ideology of a Peronism reluctant to the private sector. This idea is reflected, in fact, in the confirmation of the Presidency of the Nation that the first president will be the party at the closing of the Colloquium of IDEA, a place historically ignored in the years of Kirchnerism.

In this context, there are businessmen who have voluntarily joined the change of profile in contact with political power. The Agroindustrial Council, synthesized as the negotiating field, held in the last hours a closed plenary session and the ministers of Agriculture participated, Julian Dominguez, and Productive Development, Matías Kulfas; and Roberto Arias, who arrived on behalf of the Minister of Economy, Martín Guzmán. They have been in dialogue with Fernández himself for a long time and even, directly or indirectly, with Vice Cristina Kirchner. Another asset in this dynamic is the CEO of Toyota, who in the last hours returned to host the President on a tour of the firm’s plant. They all have articulation as the antidote to eternal conflict.

Jorge BritoThe current head of Banco Macro is, perhaps, one of those who understood from an early stage that the link is with politics, even when there are differences. He, along with Francisco De Narváez, a new retail actor with the former Walmart (Now Chango Más), was the one who organized the meeting with the President at a dinner shared with Máximo Kirchner, Sergio Massa and Eduardo Wado de Pedro. The “colorado”, as everyone knows the former Casa Tía, even came out a few hours ago to counter journalistic interpretations of the meeting with Fernández and explained the points that were discussed on the issue of debt negotiation. The same was done by Javier Madanes Quintanilla, the owner of Aluar, who also referred to the fact that there are no differences in the Frente de Todos on the need to reach an agreement. Madanes is also one of those who always prefers the “on”. At that meeting, he was encouraged to raise the inconvenience of a labor reform, a taboo subject in the establishment.

This atomization of the negotiation is also a desire of many of the sectors of the Argentine Industrial Union (UIA), where there is a latent tension due to the problems that it generates inwardly that only the members of the small table play hand in hand with government. So much so that many leaders of the interior prefer to go their own way to sit at the government table. A change of era that orders and, in addition, is a sign of modification to the logic of the managers of the companies that set the agenda.

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