Argentine President Mauricio Macri will fly this Tuesday to Davos, Switzerland, to attend the annual World Economic Forum, during which he has a full agenda of interviews and meetings with business moguls and political leaders, including Prime Minister David Cameron, US Vice president Joe Biden, Frech PM Manuel Valls and Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto. among others.
The Falkland Islands sovereingty claim by Argentina, during the last twelve years of the Kirchner couple, Nester Kirchner and particularly under Cristina Fernandez (2007/2015) made relations with the UK exceptionally tense, but since Macri took office there seems to be a more rational attitude, without dropping the claim.
PM David Cameron congratulated Macri on his election victory and the two leaders according to Argentine sources, spoke on the phone for several minutes. Their thirty minute meeting is scheduled for mid day Thursday.
Foreign minister Susana Malcorra described the new approach towards London saying that 'Yes we have an area of dissent which are the Malvinas Islands and we must find a way to address and solve the issue, but this does not mean we have to cancel all dialogue with the United Kingdom. We have areas of common interest where to advance.'
The fact that Macri is attending Davos, together with a strong political ally from the Buenos Aires province, is a clear signal that Argentina plans to take distance from the previous Kirchner policy of close ties with Venezuela, Ecuador, Cuba, Iran, China, Russia, a group of countries that for different reasons are confronted with the United States. This new approach should also help Argentina to return to global financial and money markets, from where it has been distanced because of the ongoing litigation with investment funds and the US federal justice.
The following is President Mauricio Macri's tight schedule as unveiled by the Macri administration:
Wednesday, January 20th:
18:15-18:30 TadashiMaeda, Executive Director, Japan Bank for International Cooperation.
18.30-18.45 SunnyVarkey, President, GEMS Education.
Thursday, January 21st:
08:00-08.15 Andrew Liveris, CEO, The Dow Chemical Company.
08:30-08:45 Ben Van Beurden, CEO, Grupo Shell.
08:45-09:00 SherylSandberg, CEO, Facebook.
09.00-09.15 Muhtar Kent, President and CEO, Coca-Cola.
09:30-10:00 Enda Kenny, Prime Minister, Irlanda.
10.00-10.15 Patrick Pouyanné, CEO, Total.
10.45-11.00 Klaus Schwab, Founder and CEO, World Economic Forum.
11.15-11.30 Eric Schmidt, Executive President, Google.
11:30-11:45 Margarita Louis Dreyfus, Presidenta, Louis Dreyfus Holding.
12:00-12:30 David Cameron, United Kingdom Prime Minister.
13:00-14:00 Argentina’s Turn: A conversation with the International Media Council-IMC (Hotel Europe). Participants: Time Magazine, El País, USA Today, The Economist, BBC News, Financial Times, Huffington Post, Le Monde, China Business News, New York Times, CNN, Nature, CBS News, Deutsche Welle, Foreign Policy, Washington Post, Fortune, Bloomberg, O Estado de Sao Paulo, Die Zeit, NHK, Folha de Sao Paulo, Thomson Reuters, New Delhi TV, Le Figaro, Swiss TV, RAI, Nikkei, Associated Press, Der Spiegel, Al Jazeera, etc.
14:15-14:45 Joseph Biden, Vicepresident of the United States.
14:45-15:15 Mark Rutte, Prime Minister, The Netherlands, Queen Máxima from The Netherlands el Valls, Prime Minister, France.
16:30-17:00 Johann Schneider-Ammann, President, Switzerland Confederation.
17:15-17:45 o 17.30-18.00 Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister, Israel.
Friday, January 22nd:
08.00-08.30/09.00 Work breakfast (Seehof Hotel, Holsboer Room) – Argentine business group and special guests.
09.15-09.30 SatyaNadella, CEO, Microsoft.
11:30-12:00 Enrique Peña Nieto, President, México.
12:15-13:00 International Business Council-IBC: Argentina’s New Future (Congress Centre, Casanna 2). Attendants, CEOs from General Motors, McKinsey, Bombardier, Shell, BASF, Banco Santander, Heineken, Nestle, Cisco, Citi, Embraer, Dell, JP Morgan, UBS, FEMSA, Black Rock, Renault-Nissan, BBVA, HSBC, Sony, Philips, ICBC, Novartis, Siemmens, Coca-Cola, Mitsubishi, Dow Chemical, Pemex, Yahoo, Wal-Mart, Tata, Acelor Mittal, Bank of America, Nomura, Hilton, PepsiCo, Unilever, Total, Lippo, Huawei, KPMG, Lenovo, Ericsson, etc.
13:15-13:45 Press Conference (Press Conference Room, Media Village).