Capitanich insists that Argentina must correct structural asymmetries

Capitanich together with his peers Zamora and Bordet, Foreign Minister Cafiero and Minister De Pedro, at the ECLAC meeting.

Governor Jorge Capitanich participated yesterday in one of the cycles of conferences organized by the national government and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), within the framework of the 39th period of ordinary sessions of the organization that between the 24th and the October 26 will have Argentina as host.

The deliberations are for three days at the Kirchner Cultural Center, our country will also assume the presidency pro tempore of the organization for the next two years. This is the most important meeting of the organization, in which the document entitled ‘Towards the transformation of the development model in Latin America and the Caribbean: production, inclusion and sustainability’ will be presented and the work program will be agreed until 2024. From the San Martín Palace, headquarters of the Argentine Foreign Ministry, the Chaco president spoke at the panel ‘The challenges of territorial justice’ together with his peers from Entre Ríos, Gustavo Bordet, and from Santiago del Estero, Gerardo Zamora.

Also present were the Minister of the Interior, Eduardo de Pedro; the chancellor, Santiago Cafiero; the minister, Ayelén Mazzina; the Executive Secretary of ECLAC, José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, and the Resident Coordinator of the UN System in Argentina, Claudia Mojica. There he raised the need to ‘redefine the territorial map of Argentina, historically made up of the landed oligarchy, correcting asymmetries’.

He gave as an example several of the projects that have been working with the governors of the Great North, such as the development of the North bi-oceanic corridor and the investment program of 30,000 million dollars for fifteen years through the financing of multilateral credit organizations.

‘No country in the world can sustain its growth rate without macroeconomic stability, significant investments in integrated logistics and energy, and the generation of good quality jobs. If we combine all of this, we can correct the historical asymmetries,’ Capitanich said after presenting the vision of the regional block in general, and of the Chaco in particular with the presentation of the 2030 Plan and the 2023-2027 Five-Year Plan.

On the national scene, strongly affected by the international economic context, he said that “a high political and social consensus is necessary to resolve the three historical restrictions that afflict the country: energy, logistics and insufficient foreign exchange in the formal market.” And he said that although Argentina is on the way to a structural resolution of the same, it is a process that requires time and above all the will to invest.

SEVERE DIFFERENCES

In this sense, the president of Chaco outlined the evolution of the investment processes of the provinces and their comparison with the city of Buenos Aires: ‘We have to pay the most expensive transportation, almost $56 on average, and we have to pay the highest cost of energy with the highest temperatures in the country.

‘We come from severe and profound asymmetries: 28% of the national budget is concentrated here in Buenos Aires, while we have a smaller relative share. The unfair spatial distribution of income in Argentina implies a constant stigmatization of the provinces,’ warned the governor.

‘During the governments of Néstor, Cristina and Alberto there have been financing processes to correct these asymmetries. But 212 years are not corrected from one day to the next, nor from one government to another. We need permanent policies,’ said Capitanich.

Capitanich insists that Argentina must correct structural asymmetries