March 10, 2014
De Mendiguren takes office as head of UIA
Textile businessman José Ignacio de Mendiguren took office as head of the UIA Argentine Industrial Union, post he will keep for the next two years. He stated that the State “shouldn’t be not absent nor omnipresent” and said that a smart State is that one “which regulates conflicts and enables development through efficient and active public policies.”
“In the last few years the Argentine economy has shown a qualitative growth in the fundamental macroeconomic variables. We have a historic opportunity. Argentina is an industrial country with a high productive and technological potential”, De Mendiguren said before an audience packed with businessmen but no Government officials. CGT Labour Confederation leader Hugo Moyano.
De Mendiguren called out to “end the differences between market and the State” and clarified that the UIA “isn´t there to confront but to build," and that during his time at office, "the UIA won’t be the antagonist of neither the Government, nor of political parties or of workers.”
“The enemies of the Argentine Industrial Union are underdevelopment, regional disintegration, informality, poverty, the loss of the inner market, unfair competition and unfavourable conditions for investment,” De Mendiguren stated.
He also said that “Argentina can triple its GDP gross domestic product during the next three presidential periods, and that is why the private sector should be given more credits, from the current 13 until it reaches 31 percent.”