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With a commercial agenda and the war as a backdrop, Alberto Fernández receives the head of the German government


The President holds a meeting with Olaf Scholz and investors. It is the third meeting between the two in the last 8 months.

Five days after not having been able to renew his place as president of CELAC,

Alberto Fernández

received this Saturday German Chancellor

Olaf Scholz

, who arrived accompanied by some thirty businessmen and 25 journalists and who this Sunday will continue his Latin American tour that will take him to Chile and Brazil.

International relations are a balm for Fernández and an asset that his competitors cannot boast in the electoral arena inside and outside the Frente de Todos.

After being received by Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero at the Ezeiza airport and after making the traditional floral offering in Plaza San Martín in front of the liberator's monument, Scholz and the President held a meeting alone in the San Martín Palace.

Later, the delegation of businessmen who accompanied the leader of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) would join the meeting, among which pharmaceutical, renewable energy and automotive firms stand out.

It is to be expected that, as in their previous meetings, in May 2022, in Berlin;

and at the G-7 Summit, in the Bavarian Alps;

the Argentine president and Scholz will talk again about the effects of the war in Ukraine, which affect the energy supply chain throughout the world and in which Argentina seeks to position itself as a potential supplier.

For Germany, the Argentine State has been blunt in its condemnation of the Russian invasion.

The meeting between the President and Angela Merkel's successor takes place the same week that Argentina received recommendations and objections from Germany and other countries, after Human Rights Secretary Horacio Pietragalla denounced the Human Rights Council of the UN judicial persecution against Cristina Kirchner.

“Germany expresses its concern about attempts to exert political influence on the justice system.

In this sense, Germany recommends that judicial independence be strengthened and that judges and investigators be protected against pressure and intimidation," replied the German diplomat Ann-Jasmin Krabatsch in Switzerland, who also suggested that the Government fill the vacant positions in the attorney general's office. the Supreme Court and the Ombudsman.

Before the meeting, official sources made an effort to highlight the current trade agreements and the investments of the European country in Argentina, especially in energy matters.

Hydroelectric, hydrogen, low-carbon ammonia, lithium and electromobility and natural gas developments are some of its priorities.

The German giant Siemens already committed an investment of US$ 500 million in Tierra del Fuego last April to install a wind farm and an electrolysis plant in the city of Río Grande to generate and export Green Hydrogen and seeks to expand its operations in Vaca Muerta ..

Voith Hydro has scheduled an investment in the Chihuido dam for US$ 2 billion.

The automotive company BMW analyzes investments for US$ 300 million to extract lithium in Catamarca and WW.

Mercedes Benz has already announced investments of US$ 20 million to develop auto parts at its Zárate plant.

Fernández and Scholz plan to sign several memorandums of understanding on energy matters.

The German Accelerator firm will open offices in Argentina and project investments of US$ 300 million in the next 10 years, to promote 500 technological startups with public and private funds.

The ratification of the agreement between the European Union and Mercosur will also be on the table.

The three parties of the German government coalition, unlike France, support the ratification of the agreement between the European Union and Mercosur.

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Source: clarin

All news articles on 2023-01-28

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