Present and Future of Argentina’s Economy: A Conversation with Axel Kicillof
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*This seminar will be in Spanish.
Last year, Argentina suffered a currency crisis that has worsened poverty and unemployment. Inflation remains at its highest level in three decades. In response to these economic challenges, President Mauricio Macri signed an International Monetary Fund program that requires deep budget cuts and urges faster reforms to the country’s labor code and pension system. The IMF loans have kept Argentina from default, but they are not without critics.
Axel Kicillof, a congressman for the City of Buenos Aires and member of the Peronist Frente para la Victoria, has been one of the most vocal critics of Mr. Macri’s pro-market reforms and austerity. A former economy minister under President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner from 2013 to 2015, Mr. Kicillof is still considered one of her closest advisers.
His economic vision for Argentina calls for an alternative program focused on increasing production, employment, and public investment.
Please join us on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss an alternative view of how to resolve Argentina’s economic challenges in advance of this year’s presidential elections.
Benjamin N. Gedan
Senior Adviser, Latin American Program
Director, Argentina Project
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Congressman, City of Buenos Aires
Former Minister of Economy
Juan Carlos López
CNN en Español
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