Lawmaker and member of the Argentine Industrial Union (UIA) José Ignacio de Mendiguren said that inflation is not 40% as some private indexes say, but he pointed out that it is not around 24% as the government says either. “I think it is over 30%,” he said.
De Mendiguren spoke about what to expect for next year in an interview with FM Nacional Rock radio. “There will be an economy of scarcity: there will be scarcity of dollars (…) the government will have to make a great effort.”
“I think inflation is over 30%, as provincials INDECs (official statistics institutes) have said. I don’t think it is near 40% but I don’t believe it is 24% either,” De Mendiguren stated.
He explained that a 6-point investment growth is needed in order to sustain a 3-3.5% economic growth in 2015. “The dollars that we need will only be achieved by selling the world more than we buy, or through credit, or investment, and for that we need to solve the holdouts situations,” he said in reference to the country’s ongoing battle with the so called vulture funds.
“We need to serene ourselves, to end with confrontations and to turn back on the engines that allowed us to have the positive 2003-2010 period,” he said. (BAH)