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Next step in the process: Chinese-run supermakets

A Chinese-run supermarket.

The government’s non-binding price-agreement with supermarkets still have to incorporate a key sector: Chinese-run supermarkets.

“This is the first step. Further actors will be incorporated,” Domestic Trade Secretary Augusto Costa said yesterday. He was referring to the Chinese supermarkets, which were not invited to take part in the agreement signed at Government House yesterday, as their spokesman yesterday highlighted.

But Costa confirmed that such supermarkets will be included in a separate accord with the Kirchnerite administration, though he did not specify when.

Miguel Calvete, director of the Federation of Chinese Supermarkets and Associations said yesterday that the sector has not been summoned yet by the Kirchnerite administration.

“We are waiting for a phone call from the government for details on the agreement, so that we can decide on our participation or not,” Calvete told the press.

Calvete praised the agreement and welcomed the idea of being included in the short-term.

“Our supermarkets are an essential part of the marketing chain, and it would be illogical to be excluded from the agreement,” Calvete said.

Costa said that the case of the Chinese supermarkets was under analysis because there are 10,000 of them throughout the country.

However, not all opinions were positive.

The head of the Business Chamber of Argentine and Southeast Asian Development (Cedeapsa) Yolanda Durán yesterday criticized the “voluntary agreement,” claiming her sector suffered discrimination.

“We were not invited to the Government House. They preferred to establish prices with the largest retail chains, which have the possibility to access the industries directly,” she complained, adding: “Low-income households do not go to those chains.”

“There has been discrimination, because they did not sign the agreement with the prices correctly. That was different when Moreno was in office,” the businesswoman said and added: “He included all of us, big and small.”

— Herald with DyN, Télam

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