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August 22, 2013
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ARGENTINA: ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL PERSPECTIVES

For the tenth year, Americas Society and Council of the Americas in partnership with the Argentine Chamber of Commerce held its annual conference in Buenos Aires, “Argentina: Economic and Political Perspectives." This year’s conference focused on innovations in education throughout the hemisphere, Argentina’s political prospects leading up to the October legislative elections, and the economic outlook of the country.

In Argentina, legislative elections take place in October. This conference brought together ministers, local governors, and congressional candidates to discuss the political and economic outlook of Argentina leading up to these elections. With a group of leading public and private sector officials, this conference also analyzed how the Western Hemisphere is forming partnerships and innovating education with technology.

Speakers:

  • Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland; Special Advisor to the U.S. Department of State
  • Debora Giorgi, Minister of Industry, Argentina
  • Antonio Bonfatti, Governor of the Province of Santa Fe, Argentina
  • Jorge Capitanich, Governor of Chaco, Argentina
  • Mauricio Macri, Mayor of the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Sergio Massa, Mayor of Tigre, Argentina; Candidate for Frente Renovador
  • Daniel Scioli, Governor of the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Francisco de Narváez, Congressman, Frente Unión por la Libertad y el Trabajo, Argentina
  • Margarita Stolbizer, Congressman, Frente Progresista Cívico y Social, Argentina
  • Alberto Bustamante, Director of Education for Latin America, Microsoft
  • Eduardo Eurnekian, Vice President of the Argentine Chamber of Commerce (CAC)
  • Miguel Galuccio, Chairman and CEO, YPF, S.A.
  • Silvina Gvirtz, Executive Director, Conectar Igualdad
  • Rubén Ramírez, Director Representative, Office in Argentina, CAF - Development Bank of Latin America
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Event Information: Mercedes Laxague | mlaxague@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8382
Sponsorship Opportunities: Ana Gilligan | agilligan@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8364
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | alarotta@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8384

 

Buenos Aires 2013

This year, AS/COA's Buenos Aires conference explored the political and economic outlook for Argentina leading up to October's elections, as well as the state of the country's energy sector and innovations in education. 

2013 Argentina Blog: Legislative Candidates Share Electoral Perspectives

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 | By Magdalena Day

Francisco de Narvaez, Margarita Stolbizer, and Sergio Massa gave their perspectives on what the oppositionis proposing for Argentina ahead of legislative elections October 27. ... Read More

2013 Argentina Blog: Los candidatos legislativos

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 | By Magdalena Day

Los tres candidatos legislativos dieron sus perspectivas en cómo seguir fomentando el desarrollo económico, social y político en Argentina. ... Read More

2013 Argentina Blog: Governors of Buenos Aires, Chaco, Santa Fe

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 | By David Gacs

During the second session, the three governors discussed their methods to achieve economic growth and ways to increase productivity and competitiveness. ... Read More

2013 Argentina Blog: Energy and the Economy

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 | By David Gacs

During the energy and economy session, Argentina's minister of Industry gave an overview on the country's industrial position, while YPF head Miguel Galuccio discussed a plan for national energy self-sufficiency.  ... Read More

2013 Argentina Blog: Panel - New Trends and Innovations in Education in Latin America

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 | By Magdalena Day

During the first session of the conference, the panel discussed innovations in education within the region. ... Read More

2013 Argentina Blog: Panel - Nuevas tendencias e innovaciones en educación en Latinoamérica

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 | By Magdalena Day

Panelistas hablaron de la panorama de la innovación educativa en Argentina.

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2013 Argentina Blog: Opening Session on Economic and Political Outlook

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 | By David Gacs

AS/COA's Argentina conference kicked off with welcoming remarks from Eduardo Eurkenian, vice president of the Argentine Chamber of Commerce, followed by a brief overview of future opportunities for Argentina by Mayor of Buenos Aires Maurico Macri.  ... Read More

2013 Argentina Blog: Emprendimiento y educación en Argentina - tres perspectivas

Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013 | By Magdalena Day

Ejecutivos de Wayra, Kaszek Ventures y la Cámara Argentina de Comercio Electrónico hablan sobre la panorama de inversiones y emprendimientos educativos en Argentina. ... Read More

2013 Argentina Blog: YPF Sees Steady Earnings, Output, but also One-off Knockdown

Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 | By David Gacs

The Argentine energy firm saw a big jump in revenues in the second quarter, but took a hit from an arbitration ruling and damage sparked by an April storm. ... Read More

Antonio Bonfatti

Governor, Santa Fe, Argentina

Antonio Bonfatti has been the governor of Santa Fe, Argentina since December 11, 2011. Before becoming governor, he held a deputy seat in the provincial legislature and was also head of the deputies of the socialist party. Previously, Bonfatti served as secretary of Government of the City of Santa Fe - and a few months as secretary general -and was the political figure in the cabinet of the mayor. He was appointed secretary of health of the Municipality of Rosario.

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Alberto Bustamante

Director of Education, Microsoft Latin America

Alberto Bustamante is the director of education for Microsoft Latin America. His educational team supports institutions and governments in their goals to transform education, increase youth employment opportunities, and foment local innovation in Latin American countries through the use of technology. Bustamante has extensive experience in the technological industry in Latin America, serving in diverse roles in the commercial areas of multinational companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Siemens, and CHS-Promark.

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Jorge Milton Capitanich

Governor, Chaco, Argentina

Jorge Milton Capitanich is currently governor of the province of Chaco, Argentina. He previously served as senator for Chaco. In 2002, Governor Capitanich served as chief of staff, and in 2001 as Minister of Housing and Infrastructure, Development and Environment, Health, Labor, Employment and Human Resources, and Social Security of the Nation. Additionally, he was undersecretary of social projects for the Ministry of Social Development and dean of faculty of management, economics, and business at Formosa University.

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Eduardo Eurnekian

President, Corporacion América

Eduardo Eurnekian is president of Corporacion América and the first vice president of the Argentine Chamber of Commerce. Corporación América has companies in a number of sectors, including airports and air freight (Aeropuertos Argentina 2000), Energy (Unitec Bio), infrastructure (Helport), financial services (Converse Bank), and agribusiness (Unitec Bio). It has operations in Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

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Miguel Galuccio

Chairman & CEO, YPF S.A.

Miguel Galluccio was appointed CEO of the state energy firm Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales upon its renationalization on May 5, 2012. He holds a degree in petroleum engineering from the Institute of Technology of Buenos Aires. Galluccio resigned his post following the 1999 acquisition of YPF by Madrid-based Repsol. However, he joined Houston-based oilfield services firm Schlumberger, and was designated general manager of the firm's operations in Mexico and Central America.

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Débora Giorgi

Minister of Industry, Argentina

Débora Giorgi has been minister of industry of Argentina since June of 2010. Previously, she was minister of industry and tourism from October 2009 to June 2010 and minister of production from December of 2008 to October of 2009. Giorgi was also minister of production of the Province of Buenos Aires from December 2005 to November 2008. In addition, Giorgi was director of the Center for International Business at the Unión Industrial Argentina from July 2004 to December 2005 and partner of Alpha Estudio Economía y Negocios S.A. from 2002 to 2005.

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Silvina Gvirtz

Executive Director, Conectar Igualdad

Silvina Gvirtz is executive director of Conectar Igualdad. She is also a researcher at the National Scientific and Technological Research Council (Conicet) and a professor at the University of San Martín. Previously, Gvirtz was general director of culture and education of the Province of Buenos Aires and director of the School of Education at the University of San Andrés. She was also designated a fellow at the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in 2003. Gvirtz published 21 books and numerous works in international publications. Her latest publications are Gvirtz, S.

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Mauricio Macri

Mayor of the City of Buenos Aires and Presidential Candidate (Cambiemos)

Mauricio Macri is a presidential candidate and mayor of the city of Buenos Aires since 2007. Prior to this position, he served as national deputy of the city of Buenos Aires in the Argentine National Congress from 2005 to 2007. Macri was also president of Compromiso para el Cambio and founder of Fundación Crecer y Crecer, a leading organization focused on the development, design and implementation of public policy for the city of Buenos Aires. He was elected president of Club Atlético Boca Juniors, one of the two most important and popular football clubs in Argentina.

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Sergio Massa

National Deputy of the Province of Buenos Aires

Hon. Sergio Massa currently serves as a national deputy representing the province of Buenos Aires from the Frente Renovador party in the Argentine National Congress. Before joining the National Congress, he was the mayor of Tigre, a town in the province of Buenos Aires, until 2013. Massa was first elected mayor in October 2007 before taking a leave of absence in July 2008 to serve as the chief of staff to President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

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Francisco de Narváez

Congressman, Frente Unión por la Libertad y el Trabajo

Francisco de Narváez serves as deputy in the National Congress of Argentina for the Frente Unión por la Libertad y el Trabajo. A centre-right pro-business politician, he is also president of Grupo de Narváez, a business conglomerate with business units in Argentina and the region, and founder of Grupo Unidos del Sud, an NGO dedicated to the study and implementation of programs on public policies at the three levels of government (national, provincial y municipal).

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Ruben Darío Ramírez Lezcano

Director Representative, Argentina, CAF-Development Bank of Latin America

Ruben Darío Ramírez Lezcano is director representative, office of Argentina of  CAF - Development Bank of Latin America.

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Daniel Scioli

Governor of the Province of Buenos Aires and Presidential Candidate (Frente para la Victoria)

Daniel Scioli is a presidential candidate and governor of the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Prior to being elected governor, he served as the country’s vice president and president of the senate. Previously, Scioli held a deputy seat in the National Chamber of Deputies, representing the city of Buenos Aires. During his tenure as deputy, he was elected president of the Sports Commission of the Honorable National Chamber of Deputies while serving as secretary of tourism as well.

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Susan Segal

President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Susan Segal was elected president and CEO of Americas Society/Council of the Americas in 2003 after having worked in the private sector with Latin America and other emerging markets for over 30 years. Prior to her appointment, Segal was a partner at Chase Capital Partners/J.P. Morgan Partners focusing on private equity in Latin America and pioneering early stage venture capital investing in the region.

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Margarita Stolbizer

National Deputy for Buenos Aires, Honorable National Chamber of Deputies of Argentina

Margarita Stolbizer is a national deputy representing Buenos Aires by the Partido Generación para un Encuentro Nacional (GEN) – which she founded – in the Honorable National Chamber of Deputies of Argentina. She is a member of the directive council of Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) and recently participated as an observer to the preparatory meetings and the diplomatic conferences in the negotiation for the Commercial Arms Treaty. This is her third tenure as national deputy; the previous ones between 1997-2001 and 2001-2005.

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Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Senior Advisor, Rock Creek Group

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is Maryland's first woman lieutenant governor. The eldest child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, she has taught foreign policy at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She has published articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Washington Monthly, among others. She founded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award - an award whose recipients now include the Comadres of El Salvador, Adam Michnic of Poland and Naude of South Africa.

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Video: Los candidatos legislativos - Conferencia de Argentina 2013

August 22, 2013

Frente a las elecciones en noviembre, tres candidatos legislativos—los congresistas Francisco de Narváez y Margarita Stolbizer y el intendente de Tigre, Sergio Massa—hablan de la perspectiva política del país....

Baje la agenda.

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.         Inscripción y Desayuno

Sesión I

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.        

  • Susan Segal, Presidenta y CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Eduardo Eurnekian,  Vicepresidente, Cámara Argentina de Comercio
  • Mauricio Macri, Jefe de Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires 

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.      Panel: “Nuevas Tendencias e Innovaciones en Educación en Latinoamérica”

  • Oradora Inaugural: Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, ex Vice-gobernadora de Maryland & Asesora Especial para el Departamento de Estado de los EE.UU.
  • Alberto Bustamante, Director de Educación para América Latina, Microsoft
  • Silvina Gvirtz, Directora Ejecutiva del Programa Conectar Igualdad
  • Rubén Ramírez, Director Representante, Argentina, Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina - CAF (moderador)

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.      Débora Giorgi, Ministra de Industria de la Nación 

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.     Miguel Galuccio, Presidente & CEO, YPF S.A.

Pausa de Café

Sesión II

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.      Daniel Scioli, Gobernador de la Provincia de Buenos Aires

11:45 – 12:00 p.m.     Jorge Capitanich, Gobernador de la Provincia del Chaco

12:00 – 12:15 p.m.     Antonio Bonfatti, Gobernador de la Provincia de Santa Fe

Sesión III
  
12:15 – 12:30 p.m.     Francisco de Narváez, Diputado Nacional, Frente Unión por la Libertad y el Trabajo

12:30 – 12:45 p.m.     Margarita Stolbizer, Diputada Nacional, Frente Progresista Cívico y Social

12:45 – 13:00 p.m.     Sergio Massa, Intendente de Tigre, Frente Renovador

Clausura

13:00 p.m.                  Cierre