December 7, 2013
CFK's dialogue with business, union leaders kicks off
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner officially kicked off the dialogue stage with business and workers leaders announcing the building of two hydroelectric dams in the province of Santa Cruz and defending the government’s economic agenda.
“The Argentine state is getting into debt but an indebtedness we consider profitable because it is natural and serves our own capitalization,” the head of state said as she addressed an audience of local business and union leaders, cabinet ministers and dimplomatic officials such as the Chinese and Venezuelan ambassadors to Argentina.
In a much more sober tone this time –after the Kirchnerite defeat on August 11 she vowed for a “not-for-substitutes match”-, Fernández de Kirchner outlined what she personally considered “some progresses” made over the past decade in areas such as “growth and industrial development.”
Still, the head of state took time to question anti-government media sectors that she accused of “misinforming” people. “Some headlines said that people buy cars because there is inflation; saying so is to disrespect people’s intelligence and to try to ignore reality,” she insisted. “If Kirchnerite businessmen are the ones who made money over the past ten years, then there are lots of kirchnerite businessmen. (Over the past decade) there have been business opportunities. If I gave you the list of those who made money you would be shocked because most of them resisted the Kirchnerite arrival in 2003,” the President added slyly referring to media versions targeting entrepreneurs close to the government and allegedly involved in corruption cases that have been labelled as "K businessmen."
The PASO aftermath
After the results that gave Sergio Massa’s Renewal Front electoral triumph over Kirchnerism in the province of Buenos Aires last weekend, it took only one day for Fernández de Kirchner to come back to the fore and launch a counterattack saying her administration was willing to discuss Argentina’s economic agenda but only with “big-league players.”
"We will discuss with big-league players, not with those sitting on the bench. I want to talk with the coaches, industry and bank leaders, and workers. This is not a match for substitutes,” the head of state stressed, before repeating: “I want the first team, I want the big-league players.”
The big date was finally set for today. Héctor Méndez (Argentina’s Industrial Union); Eduardo Eurnekian (Trade Chamber); Gustavo Weiss (Construction Chamber); Jorge Brito (Private Banks Association); Marcelo Fernández (Business General Confederation) and Osvaldo Cornide (Argentine Confederation of Medium Enterprises) were among top business leaders meeting President Kirchner later today and bringing to the table the sector's concerns and challenges ahead of October's final electoral battle.