Words more, words less, the Minister of Productive Development, Daniel Scioli, picked up the glove of the Vice President and raised the need to “articulate measures” between the different State agencies to avoid “speculative imports” and thus protect the use of reserves for “real productive activities”.
Scioli developed a marathon agenda during the day in which he held meetings with the leadership of the Argentine Industrial Union (UIA), the Argentine General Economic Confederation (Cgera) and the Argentine Confederation of Medium-sized Enterprises (CAME).
The new minister of the productive portfolio thus began his official agenda with a series of meetings with leaders of SME and industrial organizations, to which he also added meetings with the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Julián Domínguez, and with the President of the Investment and Foreign Trade Bank (BICE), José de Mendiguren.
During the day, the minister also maintained contact with the press in which he stated that in the current stage of the economy and the foreign exchange market it will be necessary to “be very careful that speculative imports are not made”, which will require a greater coordination work of its portfolio with Customs, the Federal Administration of Public Revenues (AFIP) and the Secretary of Commerce.
When asked about his statements about the existence of “speculative imports to accumulate stock or take advantage of the double exchange rate,” Scioli assured that this is corrected “by working in coordination with Customs, AFIP and the Secretary of Commerce.”
There will be no “supercepo”
In the meeting with the UIA board of directors, headed by its president Daniel Funes de Rioja, the evolution of industrial activity in the first half of the year was discussed, as well as the promotion of productive investment, access to foreign currency for the import of inputs, the provision of energy for industry and initiatives to promote exports with added value.
Of course, the industrialists also expressed their concern to him, after Cristina’s statements about a “festival”, of a greater lock on imports.
“We request foreign currency to import supplies for production or spare parts for machinery, from the UIA there is no request for protection for finished imported goods. We ask for more agility”, said Funes de Rioja. Meanwhile, Scioli promised other industrialists that “there will be no stocks or super stocks and he promised agility.”
In the last meeting of the day, Scioli visited the leadership of CAME, whose president, Alfredo González, requested greater participation from the financial system, financing costs appropriate to profitability so as not to limit growth and development for SMEs.