Updated 05/05/2021 19:06
In the previous meeting of Martín Guzmán with the head of the Monetary Fund, the intern between the Minister of Economy and Kirchnerism adds a chapter. The official Senate bloc, which responds to Cristina Kirchner, summoned the Budget Committee to discuss the project headed by Oscar Parrilli this Thursday, in which they ask that the International Monetary Fund disbursement - estimated at 4350 million dollars -
be used to "alleviate the pandemic" and not to pay "debt or interest."
It is a draft
presented 10 days ago and signed, in addition to by Parrilli, by the head of the Senate's Frente de Todos block, José Mayans, by Anabel Fernández Sagasti, Carlos Caserio, María de los Ángeles Sacnun, Alfredo Luenzo , José Neder and Jorge Taiana.
This Thursday, starting at 10, the Budget committee chaired by Caserio will debate it to decide and take it to the next session.
For Juntos por el Cambio, everything
is part of "the official intern."
"We are going to debate a project in which the ruling bloc tells Guzmán that when the strengthening of reserves arrives due to the expansion of special drawing rights, he has to spend them on things related to the pandemic.
What is a governing coalition for? "They can sit among themselves to watch it.
Why is there a project to discuss this in Congress? It is an internal tension of them", declared the radical senator, Martín Lousteau.
Specifically, the text requests that "the funds that correspond to Argentina as a result of the forthcoming issuance of Special Drawing Rights by the IMF
be applied to finance the implementation of public policies aimed at solving the serious problems of Argentine society derived from of the
, such as health, poverty reduction, education, housing, job creation, among others,
and not to the payment of debt for capital, interest or expenses, that the country maintains with said
international and / or with other countries included in the Paris Club and that in both cases are in the process of negotiation ”.
In the substantiation they indicate that "some voices have been expressed in Argentina that indicate that the Government should analyze the possibility of allocating the part that corresponds to this new issue to the payment of maturities with the IMF and the Paris Club" this year.
In this sense, they impose their position: "In our understanding, this decision would constitute a serious economic, social and political error and would not fulfill the main objective that said funds have, since
through the payment of debt the money would return to rich countries, increasing inequality and inequity,
"they point out and warn that"
the poverty data are alarming "
the country has never seen itself in such tremendous circumstances. "
The treatment of this project takes place days after the strong fight between Kirchnerism and Guzmán over
the frustrated departure of the Undersecretary of Electric Power, Federico Basualdo;
man who answers to the vice president.
A fight in which there was finally a truce, although the minister was weakened.
In turn, it occurs just when it was confirmed that Guzmán will meet the IMF director, Kristalina Georgieva, next Friday as part of the tour with President Alberto Fernández to Europe.
It is not the first time that Kirchnerism since Congress has sought to condition the actions of the Minister of Economy.
When the official sent the law so that Congress has to guarantee the indebtedness with the IMF, the official bloc added an article that limits it: it stipulated that
the funds could not be used to finance current expenses.