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Twelve years after the fight with the K for the 125, Solá returns to negotiate with the field


The chancellor was the first interlocutor with the Agroindustrial Council that brought to Olivos a plan to increase exports by US $ 17 billion in two years. Summit this Monday

Pablo Ibáñez

08/09/2020 - 19:07

  • Clarí
  • Economy
  • Economy

On Monday, June 8, at 2 in the afternoon, Felipe Solá chatted with a group of leaders from the camp. It happened 12 years after the 125th, the increase in retentions that triggered the gaucho war and that, in its expansive effect, broke the political link between the now chancellor and the Kirchners.

Whim of chance or politics, the virtual summit between Solá and the rural scrum took place an hour before Alberto Fernández signs the DNU of intervention, prelude to an expropriation project, of Vicentin.

Nothing was discussed on the subject in that teleconference because, beyond rumors and whispers, nobody knew that this would happen, much less that it would happen just a short while after that talk.

It was a dirty bomb that shaken the plan that promises to increase exports by 17 billion dollars but that, last Friday, completed the orbit and returned to zero when Fernández signed a DNU to annul his DNU of Vicentin intervention.

Without that storm, this Monday the government will begin to explore the fine print of the plan that the Agroindustrial Council approached at the debut meeting of the thematic cabinet of Foreign Trade, one of the 5 tables that Santiago Cafiero set up to give dynamics to the management , on the outside of the pandemic. There will also be a meeting with leaders of the sector.

The Council makes tempting forecasts: a plan to increase exports in two years by 17 billion dollars, a mega plan that, they also estimate, would generate some 700,000 direct and indirect jobs.

They project to grow from the US $ 65 billion that were exported in 2019 and approach the US $ 85 billion that Argentina exported in 2011. The maximum point.

That June 8, Solá once again sat at the negotiating table in the countryside, one of the matrixes of his political and personal history , which caused him to be summoned by Antonio Cafiero in the 1980s to be his agrarian minister.

It was the first ministerial-level meeting between the Government and the agroindustrial bloc, the beginning of a raid of contacts between rural leaders with Cristina Kirchner, Axel Kicillof and, among others, Sergio Massa. 

It was crowned, last Tuesday, with a meeting in Olivos with Fernández , hours after the agreement with the bondholders. More than 40 chambers of the sector, three of the four entities of the Liaison Table and the bulk of sectorial chains.

"An intelligent unit that is unprecedented in its breadth", they define in Government. In the photo, only the Rural Society is missing

Footnote: Daniel Pellegrina, head of the SRA, was the only rural leader who was in the disputed photo of July 9 when Fernández was shown with the G-6.

José Martins, head of the Buenos Aires Cereal Exchange, acts as frontig. Another key piece is Gustavo Idígoras, who chairs the Chamber of the Oil Industry of the Argentine Republic (CIARA), and coordinates the groups that drafted the sector's proposals.

Idígoras was, in the distant and hectic years' 90,  technician of the Secretary of Agriculture when Solá was in charge of the area.  

The return to the rural agenda had as a motor, they say close to the chancellor, he has "the need to achieve more exports . " As a mantra, Solá rehearsed a nuance in talks with exporters: one thing is to "open up to the world" and another to "connect the world."

The former governor operated, from the Foreign Ministry, together with Jorge Neme, secretary of International Economic Relations, a leader with ties to the private sector and terminals in the governors. From there, an agenda of "business opportunities" was woven during the pandemic. Another actor in this scheme is Gabriel Delgado, Vicentin's failed auditor.

The table of interlocutors set by the president includes  Luis Basterra , from Agriculture, Matías Kulfas  from Economic Development and  Cecilia Todesca , who will act as coordinator.

Cristina Kirchner received Felipe Solá cristina fernandez de kirchner felipe sola ex-president politician justicialist deputy

The expectation is placed on Martín Guzmán, the Minister of Economy to whom they approached their fiscal proposals -with a long-term scheme- and credit.

In the draft, the rural sector addresses the hypersensitive factor of withholdings and moves on a generic basis: that the current tax conditions remain the same over the current tax scheme but the extra that is achieved these years, has less tax pressure.

The Agroindustrial Council put together detailed work on each sector and productive chain, which they will put on the table with their orders. "But we want the projects to be presented by the Government," they warned. Days ago, they had a zoom with opposition leaders.

Source: clarin

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