Wednesday, August 17

Rome: Martín Guzmán at a gala dinner with Kristalina Georgieva and Máxima from Holland

Before dinner, the Argentine minister carried out an agenda that included a participation in the Forum of Ministers of Finance and Health of the G20 and private meetings with his finance peers from France, Russia and with the Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs of the EU to strengthen bilateral relations with those countries.

In what was his first activity in Rome, the official was received by the Secretary for International Economic and Financial Affairs of the Ministry of Economy, Maia Colodenco, to meet with the French Minister of Finance, Bruno Le Maire, and with the general director of the Treasury and president of the Paris Club, Emmanuel Moulin.

This conclave was described by Guzmán himself as “very productive” and He stressed that “for a long time” he has been “building solutions to complex problems within multilateralism.”

He also dedicated a special thanks to the French government “for the constructive role” in the relationship.

Shortly after, the head of the national finance portfolio participated in the Forum of Finance and Health ministers of the G20.

At that event, he gave a speech focused on the need to relax the intellectual property rights of vaccines and release excessive orders by advanced countries that acquired more than they need.

Furthermore, as reported in a press release, the minister asked to increase technology transfer in order to increase production capacity.

He also asked to establish norms that guarantee that the new allocation of Special Drawing Rights (SDR) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) can be used to face the challenges of the pandemic.

Then, in what was his third activity, he met with Paolo Gentiloni, EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, to discuss economic recovery strategies and responses to the pandemic.

Both agreed to continue strengthening ties between the bloc and Argentina, spokespersons reported.

At the close of the agenda, The Argentine attended a meeting with his peer from the Treasury of the Russian Federation, Anton Siluanov, with whom he discussed the common agenda.

Guzmán highlighted the link between the two countries and guaranteed to work to “continue to deepen understandings about the global challenges and those of our peoples, with the focus always on promoting the real and productive economy.”

In another order, the press office of the Argentine Government reported that in the next few days the minister plans to meet with the IMF staff, in what will be a technical meeting to advance in the negotiation of the new program to replace the failed stand-by agreement. by Together for Change in 2018.