BUENOS AIRES – Argentine President Mauricio Macri closed Saturday a working retreat with members of his Cabinet, during which all agreed upon 100 strategic goals for 2017, related to such subjects as improving macroeconomic stability and strengthening the country’s ties to other nations around the world.
At a press conference after the retreat, the president said that while many things need “changing” in the country, the government team will focus on 100 priority goals because “all are not equal.”
The goals, which involve all ministries and will be under special control by the chief executive, will address such issues as strengthening the economy by guaranteeing jobs and attracting investment, improving institutions and pursuing sustainable development, establishing new security methods and an intelligent integration in the international community.
During this working retreat, which started last Thursday when the officials met at a Chapadmalal tourist complex in Buenos Aires province, the Argentine government also reviewed its work in 2016, just 10 days short of a year since Macri took power.
“I’m above all concerned that we hold fast to our commitment to public service, to staying close to the people. Our motto is “Don’t slack off,’” Macri said Saturday as the basic message of the meeting.
The president also said he would score his first year in the Casa Rosada with an 8, as he had previously said in an interview this week.
“For me an 8 is clearly a good grade. It also shows that we can and must keep improving, but it’s based on the fact that we have achieved some important things this year,” he said.
He also said that 2017 will be the year that Argentina begins “to grow” for the first time in five years, after a 2016 dedicated to clearing away the “bombs in the economy” left by the Kirchners (2003-2015).