Businessmen and trade unionists ask for the social agreement, but they believe that today the internal policies condition it

The announcement of the President to businessmen and trade unionists of July 9, 2020

President Alberto Fernández had anticipated them to the industrialists at the end of last year, at the closing of the 26th Industrial Conference that the UIA held at the Quilmes Brewery plant, in which they could see their faces despite the context of a pandemic . The official will was to call the first meeting of the Economic and Social Council before the end of 2020, but finally the call would take place next month, as confirmed by official sources. After a first year of management in which the Covid interrupted the growth agenda to replace it with an emergency one, The Government will seek with this great table that will be made up of officials, trade unionists and businessmen to reach certain consensus in the face of 2021 that is already anticipated will also be difficult in health and economic matters.

The call that is being thought from the ruling party will be broad. In other words, it will include diverse business sectors, as well as trade unionists from the CGT and the two CTAs. In the first case, the chambers that make up the Group of 6 will be mentioned, among which are the UIA, the Argentine Chamber of Commerce (CAC); the Argentine Chamber of Construction (Camarco); the Stock Exchange, the Association of Argentine Banks (Adeba) and the Argentine Rural Society (SRA). The field will be convened as a whole, as well as entities that bring together small and medium-sized companies, official sources confirmed.

Formal contacts did not start, but already from the union and business world they warn that it will not be easy to coordinate short, medium and long term policies in the current context, in which Political differences are added to the economic difficulties left by the pandemic and what can cause a resurgence that are permanently exposed in many of the marches and countermarches arranged by the Government.

We are predisposed, but the Economic and Social Council must be filled with ideas. If it is the area to freeze prices and wages, there is not a generalized situation in all sectors. There are salaries that are in arrears and others that have been recovering, “he told Infobae an important reference of the CGT, adding that this agreement “has to have a lot of political plafond and that is not there today.” “If every thing you do, they are going to run to the left, nobody is going to sign anything,” said the leader.

Representatives of the CGT, the UIA and the Government, in one of the virtual meetings held last year
Representatives of the CGT, the UIA and the Government, in one of the virtual meetings held last year

The same is perceived in the business sectors. In fact, political noise is what generates the most uncertainty and unpredictability when it comes to projecting business. They value the dialogue spirit of President Alberto Fernández and many of his ministers, but then they are puzzled by measures taken by the Government, pushed by the most radical sectors of the Frente de Todos. “We don’t know which way they are going, which way is”, they coincide in the establishment. A clear example happened days ago with the health sector, which had had an official approval to adjust its quotas by 7% and four hours after the resolution, another rule was repealed. Or what happened with the closure of corn exports, which finally reopened after the strike announced by the sector.

Consulted in this regard, the vice president of the UIA and head of the Coordinator of Food Products Industries (Copal), Daniel Funes from Rioja, “An emergency economic and social agreement is needed to generate certainty and trust”. “Agreement is the voice of all; it reflects the consensuses and agreements, which does not mean that you won in all of them, but that there were triumphs and also concessions “, remarked the labor lawyer.

Funes de Rioja acknowledged that it will not be an easy task, that it can cause inconveniences, but that it is essential that Argentina take that step. As he said, “these agreements in the world were not easy; they are complex processes that require political skill and a lot of work in that sense ”.

In turn, the head of the Argentine Chamber of Commerce (CAC), Mario grinman, said that as an institution they promote dialogue, to be able to sit down to talk and debate, for what they consider “a fundamental part that can be specified in some way as long announced, which is this table of the Economic and Social Council. “But there is a reality that we see, and we have made it known to the Government, they are those signals that are sometimes a little confusing that they launch from the same government, with internal differences that are typical of a democratic system and that perhaps they should debate them indoors and launch a much more unified and reassuring speech, so that confidence can be built and an appropriate business climate to achieve the desired investments can be created. That is not happening ”, stated the CAC executive. He also said that “there is no possibility of generating an extraordinary expectation but it is worth the attempt.”

This council will be nourished, among other things, by the work that the Ministry of Productive Development has been doing since last year in the various sectoral tables convened. During 2020, there were 39 meetings with 12 value chains where 50 business chambers and 20 unions reached sectorial productive consensus and defined the 2021-2023 work agendas to improve their competitiveness, international insertion, and technological and local integration capabilities.

These agreements in the world were not easy; they are complex processes that require political skill and a lot of work in that sense (Daniel Funes de Rioja)

In addition to the strategic work, these roundtables were the space to promote concrete actions with an impact in the short term, such as financing for supply and demand (BNA / BICE loans, Mi Moto Plan, 36 BNA home appliances installment plan, exclusive line for the naval industry, PC Teaching Program); lowering of export duties and raising of reimbursements for processed inputs and industrial final goods; modification of regimes and regulatory improvements and detection of foreign trade opportunities, among others.

Sources of the portfolio he directs Matias Kulfas They specified that last year there were meetings with 12 of the 16 productive sectors, to which is added the first meeting with the sectors that are part of the Knowledge Economy Law. This year, in turn, the tables will begin with sectors such as food, agricultural machinery, laboratories and software. There will also be meetings with representatives of the IT and household appliances sectors.

In the case of the automotive table, the topics addressed were: deepening the integration of national auto parts in the value chain; the development of exclusive export-based production platforms; the international insertion in new markets; the promotion of investments and financing for production and exports; work on sustainable aspects of the automotive industry and the future of mobility. As a closing, consensus was reached on the creation of a bill to promote the installation of investments in the sector, with a greater integration of parts, pieces and components of national industry, and the creation of a permanent coordination space on the development of the sector .

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