The Report: Argentina 2018

  • ID: 4701616
  • Country Profile
  • Region: Argentina
  • 236 Pages
  • Oxford Business Group
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The Newly Elected Government is Working to Recover the Interest of American and European Companies

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Almundo
  • Banco Nación
  • Galaxy Lithium
  • Grupo Logístico Andreani
  • Grupo Monarca
  • Laboratorios Gador
  • MORE

Argentina in brief

Under President Mauricio Macri, the authorities have been rolling out reforms to bring Argentina back onto the global stage, raise international competitiveness and accelerate GDP growth. These efforts have resulted in a mixed performance of key economic indicators. The government exceeded expectations in lowering the fiscal deficit in 2017 to 3.9% of GDP, versus the initial forecast of 4.2%, yet external debt has risen from $170bn at the end of 2015 to $233bn two years later. Nevertheless, the successful implementation of various reforms and improving macroeconomic fundamentals saw international rating agencies upgrade Argentina’s sovereign credit rating in the second half of 2017.

Country Profile

  • GDP sees mixed performance in 2017-18
  • Country performing well against regional competitors
  • Upsurge in energy sector investment up to 2022
  • Administration sets sights on multilateral foreign policy
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Almundo
  • Banco Nación
  • Galaxy Lithium
  • Grupo Logístico Andreani
  • Grupo Monarca
  • Laboratorios Gador
  • MORE

SNAPSHOT

  • Argentina in brief

COUNTRY PROFILE

  • Untapped possibilities: Argentina seeks to unlock the potential of its natural resources
  • Interview: President Mauricio Macri Road to recovery: As controversy over Argentina’s recourse to the IMF continues, growth indicators are mixed
  • Interview: Jorge Faurie, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship
  • Interview: Steven Ciobo, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment of Australia
  • Thinking globally: Foreign policy overhauled to focus on multilateralism and expanded trade
  • Viewpoint: Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Bank of Development

ECONOMY

  • Mixed review: GDP, trade and credit make progress on the back of an increasingly open and liberalised market
  • Interview: Daniel Funes de Rioja, B20 Chair Policy revision: Cambiemos win to facilitate President Mauricio Macri’s liberalisation agenda
  • Interview: Mariano Mayer, Secretary of Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises
  • Interview: Luis Pagani, CEO, Arcor Dynamic development: Smaller enterprises adapt to the government’s increasing focus on liberalisation and fiscal consolidation
  • Tax liabilities: Impacts of the trend towards lower corporate tax rates on developed and developing economies

BANKING

  • Back in the game: Reforms aim to boost financial inclusion and rebuild market trust
  • Interview: Javier González Fraga, President, Banco Nación
  • Homing in: With the government’s special inflation-adjusted unit aiding lenders, the mortgage segment is poised for growth
  • Interview: Eduardo Escasany, Chairman, Grupo Financiero Galicia Better together: Local market ripe for further mergers and acquisition activity
  • Fintech revolution: Tech solutions are driving the evolution of the sector landscape

CAPITAL MARKETS

  • Back at the table: After returning to international markets in 2016, the country is confronting the challenges of global interconnectedness
  • Interview: Marcos Ayerra, Chairman, National Securities Commission
  • Timing is everything: Interest in foreign and local initial public offerings wanes
  • A capital plan: Reforms to help attract new investment and fund infrastructure development

TRADE & INVESTMENT

  • Gaining ground: Foreign investment rebounds as the government looks to enhance productivity
  • Open for business: Export-focused reforms take effect as the government seeks to establish trade deals with local partners
  • Dialogue: Daniel Herrero, CEO, Toyota Argentina; and Hernán Vázquez, CEO, Volkswagen Argentina
  • Global village: Medium-term prospects suggest globalisation is set to continue for the foreseeable future
  • Interview: Juan Pablo Tripodi, Executive President, Argentina Investment and Trade Promotion Agency

INSURANCE

  • A solid strategy: Increased capital requirements and greater regulatory oversight are driving the market towards consolidation
  • In the works: Ongoing reforms to strengthen occupational risk laws
  • Interview: Juan Pazo, Superintendent, National Superintendence of Insurance
  • Reassuring trend: New reinsurance programmes are bolstering coverage against natural disasters in emerging markets
  • Flexible funding: New partnership framework for infrastructure development provides opportunities for insurers
  • Interview: Alejandro Simón, CEO, Grupo Sancor Seguros

ENERGY

  • Redrawing the map: A focus on renewables, pipeline infrastructure and transmission connections
  • Magnet for investment: Production is picking up the Vaca Muerta shale deposit Footing the bill: Utilities prices continue to be raised to help tackle the fiscal deficit
  • Interview: Alejandro Sruoga, Secretary of EnergyPolicy Cross-border cooperation: Argentina and Chile expand gas trade and evaluate infrastructure
  • Big bids: Sector offerings expand with renewable energy and offshore drilling auctions
  • Interview: Maurizio Bezzeccheri, CEO, Enel Argentina
  • Interview: Danny Massacese, Upstream Managing Director, Pan American Energy Group

MINING

  • Fresh prospects: An improved business environment is spurring investment
  • Interview: David Guerrero, CEO, Galaxy Lithium A big deal: Work towards a unified federal mining deal has seen interest in new investments grow
  • White gold: Argentina positions itself as one of the leading destinations for lithium production

INDUSTRY & RETAIL

  • Engines of growth: Automotive manufacturing and metals production to drive industry
  • Cream of the crop: Initiatives take food and beverage promotion to the next stage
  • Into high gear: Economies around the world are preparing for the opportunities and challenges brought about by the next industrial revolution
  • Shifting landscape: Retailers aim to keep pace with changing demand and online shopping
  • Interview: Dante Sica, Minister of Production
  • Interview: Miguel Acevedo, President, Argentine Industrial Union

CÓRDOBA

  • A leading force: The province’s diversified economy generates opportunities for growth
  • Horizontal approach: Betting on innovation and diversification to develop the region’s potential
  • Taking the wheel: Challenges and opportunities lay ahead for the automotive sector
  • Interview: Juan Schiaretti, Governor of Córdoba

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Fairer fields: Previously neglected segments are growing with new strategies
  • Top of the crops: Free-market policies to diversify a soybean-dominated sector
  • Interview: Luis Miguel Etchevehere, Minister of Agro-industry
  • Plenty more in the sea: New investments and union negotiations bode well for the sector Seeking sustainability: Precision farming practices to bolster global agriculture resiliency
  • Interview: Gustavo Grobocopatel, Chairman, Grupo Los Grobo

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY

  • Patent pending: Legislative changes and higher public spending drive research and development
  • Interview: Hugo Sigman, CEO, Grupo Insud
  • Interview: Martín Migoya, CEO, Globant System development: Software and IT expansion depend on incentives and more personnel

CONSTRUCTION & REAL ESTATE

  • Revitalised works: Officials address the housing shortage, infrastructure gaps and labour
  • Building partnerships: New law supports greater foreign participation in infrastructure works
  • On track: Efforts to meet rising property demand from developers and buyers alike
  • Sustainable urbanisation: As urban populations grow, planners strive to create efficient spaces
  • Interview: Gonzalo Monarca, President, Grupo Monarca

TRANSPORT & INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Paved with opportunities: Plans to boost infrastructure open path for private investment
  • Easy going: Liberalisation efforts in aviation coincide with sector growth
  • Interview: Guillermo Dietrich, Minister of Transport
  • Interview: Ezequiel Lemos, President, Trenes Argentinos Cargas
  • All systems go: Public-private partnerships to fund infrastructure projects
  • Interview: Martín Eurnekian, President, Aeropuertos Argentina 2000
  • Skybound: Rapid expansion of the global industry propels investment efforts
  • Interview: Oscar Andreani, President, Grupo Logístico Andreani

TELECOMS & IT

  • No strings attached: Regulatory changes authorise quadruple-play services
  • Bridging the gap: Internet speeds rise and authorities work to reduce technology inequality

TOURISM

  • On the move: Liberalisation of the aviation market boosts tourism figures
  • Interview: Silvia Tenazinha, Country Manager, Almundo
  • Rich offerings: Natural assets and a strong gastronomic tradition attract new visitors
  • Meeting expectations: Security and engagement key to growth in the conferences industry

HEALTH & EDUCATION

  • Synchronised steps: The administration is ironing out challenges posed by a decentralised system
  • Interview: Florencia Davel, CEO, Bristol-Myers Squibb Argentina
  • Promoting pharmaceuticals: Demand for local and imported pharmaceutical products is rising
  • Interview: Alberto Álvarez Saavedra, President, Laboratorios Gador
  • Learning for tomorrow: Reforms align the sector with the country’s shift onto the global stage
  • Interview: Alberto Edgardo Barbieri, Dean, University of Buenos Aires
  • On the job: Technical and vocational training key to improving employment rates

TAX

  • Lisicki, Litvin & Asociados
  • Common ground: Tax reforms aim to remedy distortions and attract investment
  • Interview: César Litvin, CEO, Lisicki, Litvin & Asociados

LEGAL FRAMEWORK

  • Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen
  • New rules: Reforms enacted to attract and promote foreign investment
  • Law of the land: Analysis of regulations designed to drive the economy
  • Interview: Jorge Pérez Alati, President, Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

THE GUIDE

  • Rest easy: Hotel options around Buenos Aires
  • Listings: Helpful directory of organisations
  • Facts for visitors: Practical cultural information
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  • Aeropuertos Argentina 2000
  • Almundo
  • Arcor
  • Argentina Investment and Trade Promotion Agency
  • Argentine Industrial Union
  • Banco Nación
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Argentina
  • Enel Argentina
  • Energy Policy Cross-border cooperation
  • Galaxy Lithium
  • Globant System development
  • Grondona, Benites & Arntsen
  • Grupo Financiero Galicia Better together
  • Grupo Insud
  • Grupo Logístico Andreani
  • Grupo Los Grobo
  • Grupo Monarca
  • Grupo Sancor Seguros
  • Laboratorios Gador
  • Lisicki, Litvin & Asociados
  • National Securities Commission
  • National Superintendence of Insurance
  • Pan American Energy Group
  • Trenes Argentinos Cargas
  • University of Buenos Aires
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