Massa's generals for the Red Circle

Massa’s generals for the Red Circle

Sergio Massa decided on a decision-making scheme in Economy centered on his figure and a series of satellite leaders and advisers who move by taking up what the minister initiates in the agendas. A kind of small table of relationship with the Red Circle that, in addition, advises him directly on economic issues.

According to sources close to Massa, Page I12, there are at least 6 people of his extreme confidence, among them the Secretary of Production, José Ignacio De Mendiguren, the head of Customs, Guillermo Michel and Leonardo Madcur, the man from San Juan who is the head of Treasury advisers and was a man of the kidney of Roberto Lavagna. The three have a well-oiled business nexus and know their limits and weak flanks in a management that will have contact with those deprived of dialogue but harshness in the face of irregular behavior, which has already begun to be seen with dubious import firms.

In a second ring appear the head of INDEC, Marco Lavagna, who participated yesterday in the first cabinet meeting; Lisandro Cleri, the former FGS who is now a vice president of the Central Bank (BCRA); Daniel Marx, adviser on debt issues and Jorge Neme from Tucuman. Today another very important figure in Massa’s technical vision is Miguel Peirano, former Minister of Economy and current head of Banco de Tierra del Fuego. They speak almost daily with Massa, who wanted him as deputy minister. Another of the “outsiders” with whom he talks often is Marina Dal Pogetto, an economist who runs the consulting firm Eco Go.

In parallel, they say that Massa seeks to support the interconsultation scheme with outsiders, to put his head, from time to time, in looks that are not in the daily maelstrom. The first chapter of that method was today, when he had breakfast first thing in a downtown hotel with economists who are not in public service.

The “panquecazo” of the ceos

“We really liked the phrase where he said that this is the last chance for Argentina.” Those words came from the mouth of a senior executive who witnessed Massa’s inauguration. It is not the only expression that denotes a curious change in economic power. There were two other episodes: one, in which Paolo Rocca, CEO of Techint, said in a private chat that Cambiemos is not ready to govern in 2023. The other, a strong criticism of former officials of Together and Macri himself, of part of a CEO of weight in one of the entities that are grouped in the G6.

This kind of summer love affair with Massa occurs, according to the businessmen themselves, for two reasons: the first is that the Government was in a process of dangerous weakness before these changes; the second, and which is now beginning to come to light, businessmen seriously doubt the ability of the macrismo to weather a 2024 that, even in an improved context, will be a difficult stop. Massa, even with his comings and goings, knew how to create a related bourgeoisie. Long before that, Néstor and Cristina Kirchner had already done it, recreating a national bourgeoisie subject to growth models. All this disintegrated with the macrismo, which ended up being absorbed by the ruling power in Argentina in a way rarely seen in previous years.

The symptom of this rebirth of the ceos and Massa is, at times, bizarre. A well-known builder told this newspaper that “Sergio, who clearly has the backing of Cristina and the President, came to solve political problems from politics.” A clear allusion to this idea that the rejection of conventional politics had empowered the ultras outside the parties.

In this scenario, the greatest responsibility that Massa will have is to manage the emotions of those who have already demonstrated knowing how to betray. There is a relevant fact: the merger of Internal and Foreign Trade is a central axis and of high political relevance. Matías Tombolini, a high-profile economist who was head of ARSAT and Banco Nación, has in his hands a key power, the possibility of managing for the first time in a long time the flow of imports in relation to domestic market prices. That is, a good part of the interests and pressures of the establishment.

Source: Pagina12

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