On December 10th, Mauricio Macri will mark two years as President of Argentina. A great deal has changed since his surprising electoral victory in 2015. Macri has presided over an improved macroeconomic situation and has set out an ambitious reform agenda aimed at boosting competitiveness and growth. Following a recession in 2016, Argentina is expected to grow at 3 percent this year.
There have, however, been considerable costs associated with the economic policy shift, which made Macri’s Cambiemos coalition’s defeat of a divided Peronist Party in October’s mid-term elections all the more striking.
Can we expect the Macri Administration to achieve its reform agenda in the next two years? What are the likely obstacles and how does the government plan to deal with them? Will the formerly dominant Peronist Party be able to reorganize after suffering two consecutive defeats? What is the likely role of former President (and now Senator) Cristina Kirchner?
To discuss the Macri administration so far, as well as the challenges ahead in the next two years, the Dialogue is pleased to welcome Carlos Pagni, one of Argentina’s best informed and most influential political journalists and commentators.
Please note that this conversation will be held in Spanish.
Columnist, LA NACION
President, Inter-American Dialogue