December 9, 2013
Alfonso Prat Gay: 'Gov't seeks to get fresh dollars'
Lower House lawmaker Alfonso Prat Gay today referred to the government’s decision to offer to pay corporations to end disputes at the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). “The government will carry out big payments in order to get fresh dollars,” he assured.
The government has "demonized" those companies which filed lawsuits against Argentina "and now it seems as if they will be paid,” he criticized.
“In the last two years, new credits were halted by the United States because it believed a country couldn’t be refinanced if it had not met its obligations,” he said stressing Thursday’s announcement is a “speculation” for people to believe the CFK administration will honor its lost disputes.
Prat Gay went on to explain "the government’s difficulty is the lack of dollars, not of pesos. Dollars cannot be invented. This is why the government’s logic is to get fresh dollars while committing to make big payments.”
“What is happening to the government is conflicting because in order to address the need of foreign currencies, it is beginning to take down banners they absurdly raised for a long time.”