BUENOS AIRES – Argentine President Mauricio Macri called Friday for an increase in the volume of exports, especially of value-added products, so that what is “made in Argentina reaches the entire world.”
During a speech he made at the 61st National Peanut Festival in the town of Hernando, Cordoba province, Macri gave an example of this dried fruit as one of the products most exported by Argentina, and whose export sales volume, he recalled, is greater than that of India.
For Macri, this fact shows the potential of Argentine workers, who, he believes, will help build a better country over the coming years.
In that sense, he praised the measures taken by his government since he took power last December to reduce the heavy tax burden that the previous government imposed on agricultural producers.
He said the measures being considered to stimulate regional economies and to refund tax payments to agricultural producers who export their products will contribute significantly to increasing exports.
“We want to export more, to export value-added products made in Argentina and make sure that what is made in Argentina gets to the rest of the world,” he said.
The president said that these measures, plus the efforts of the Argentine people, will help produce “quality work” and “systematically reduce poverty and attain zero poverty,” one of the commitments highlighted in the electoral campaign and in the first months of the Macri government.
“We Argentines know how, we Argentines are able. I believe in you, I deeply believe in you,” Macri told the residents of Hernando, a city known as the International Peanut Capital.
Speaking to a large group of students of the area, the president expressed his “concern” that youngsters have the “tools to get an education” so that tomorrow “they’ll be able to get good employment that allows them to be leaders of society.”
“Every day we’re going to improve a little more the quality of public education and guarantee that all of you will have the work you dream of doing,” the president said, adding that schools are “the factories of dreams.”
He said that only by “working together” will the country be “truly great” and added that “together we’re going to write the great story of Argentina.”