Leaders of Argentina's Industrial Union (UIA) Wednesday highlighted the country's export potential, particularly that of Vaca Muerta, to make up for the loss of foreign currency affecting the nation's coffers.
The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, established through a Decree of Necessity and Urgency the double compensation to workers for a period of 180 days in case of “dismissals without just cause” and “given the need to stop the worsening of the labor crisis “ The business sector receives it as ”bad news.”
Industrial activity in Argentina dropped 4.9% during August compared to the same month a year ago, reported the Argentine Industrial Union (UIA), the country's most influential manufacturers' lobby. This represents its sixth straight fall and a 2,9% decline for the first eight months of 2014.
One of Argentina's main industry leaders Fiat Argentina CEO Cristiano Rattazi denied the existence of a “serious situation” in the automobile industry, so far and pointed out the need to “seek new markets” to reverse current downward trends in car manufacturing.
Deputy Chairman of the Argentine Industrial Union (UIA) Cristiano Ratazzi said that President Cristina Fernández “should leave office once her term ends” because those are the rules of democracy, otherwise it is ‘Chavism’.
Argentina’s Industrial Union, UIA, called on the government of President Cristina Fernandez to ease the imports of inputs for manufacturing, which is suffering from shortages caused by severe controls, although at the same time was supportive of official policies to boost industry.
Trade with China for Argentina has great opportunities but also great threats because the Asian giant is only interested in produce with no added value, warned the head of Argentina’s Industrial Union, Ignacio De Mendiguren.
Argentina's industrial production in May slumped 5.1% from a year earlier due to a sharp slowdown in the automotive, non-metal minerals and base metals sectors, manufacturer chamber UIA said in its monthly report Tuesday.
While Argentina’s Mercosur trade partners have adopted a cautious attitude regarding the latest measures that make it more cumbersome and bureaucratic to sell to Argentina, the country’s manufacturers and importers have warned of the consequences and called for a more balanced approach to the issue.
In a milestone speech on Tuesday anticipating the four years of her next mandate, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez disclosed she would continue with pro-growth policies but also added that a time of ‘fine tuning’ had arrived in which she was willing to address all issues including “investment and inflation” but not through the newspapers.