National Reports

02/02/2014 -
Edition 533

The Central Bank doubles 2001’s reserves in nominal terms, but once adjusted for price inflation in imports, they barely surpass the level they had when convertibility fell. The aggravating factor is that the import ratio (percentage of imports relative to the GDP) doubles the one that prevailed in 2001. This demonstrates that the currency crisis that Argentina is suffering now is severe, and demonstrates the need for a change in policy strategy. 

26/01/2014 -
Edition 532

Due to the persistent drainage of reserves, authorities announced a new exchange rate policy together with a new social program, called “Progresar” which intends to alleviate the marginalization suffered by millions of young people.  Authorities are still unaware that exchange rate volatility is associated with excessive and badly managed public spending and that the only viable solution is a deep public sector transformation. Nevertheless, more alarming is the idea of inducing thousands of young people, in the beginning of their productive life, to become dependent on state paternalism.

19/01/2014 -
Edition 531

The rise of the dollar in the black market causes uncertainty and concerns. The main cause of the exchange rate instability is the accumulation of mistakes in the management of public expenditure. Redundant employment, the massive granting of pensions without contributions and subsidies to companies have generated a level of public spending that even the record tax burden is unable to finance. The deficit induces spurious emission that produces monetary inflation and leads people to buy dollars in the black market to protect their savings. With a more intelligent public expenditure management, neighboring countries have much more important concerns than the value of the dollar. 

06/01/2014 -
Edition 529

Prolonged blackouts, high inflation and the accelerated loss of reserves are all signs of deep macroeconomic imbalances. The energy crisis will not be solved by fining utilities, neither inflation will be stopped by announcing price agreements, nor the reserves will be recovered by discouraging traveling abroad. The key issue is to restore the macroeconomic balance by stopping the exacerbated growth of public consumption led by economic subsidies and redundant public employment. 

29/12/2013 -
Edition 528

The public sector never had so many resources and, paradoxically, never accumulated so many questionings from society about the quality of the services provided.  There are families migrating to private education, health and security and even self-defense organizations or the self-generation of electricity with the use of generators. Posing the size of the state as a ideological principle is pointless.  Citizen’s quality of life depends on intelligent, transparent and professionalized governance. 

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