Italy intends to confirm and build on the new course that bilateral relations with Argentina have taken, and to further develop political, economic and commercial relations by removing barriers to the Argentine market and the low tariffs on public services lamented by Italian firms. This was the message Secretary Marta Dassù carried to Buenos Aires on the occasion of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s inauguration for her second mandate as President of Argentina.
There have been “major improvements in political relations” with Argentina, even though problems persist for Italian small and medium-size enterprises, recalled the Secretary who, meeting with Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, carried a letter from Minister Terzi in which he “confirmed the intention to develop privileged and preferential relations” between the two nations.
Italy invited Argentina to co-chair the next Italy-Latin America and Caribbean Conference, held every two years. “Timerman accepted very enthusiastically”, Dassù added, pointing out that “the trend in bilateral relations” with Buenos Aires shows “a great improvement in political relations”.
On the economic front, Dassù explained that “there are major Italian groups that have long been present in that country which also foresee new investments there, even though there is a specific problem regarding small and medium-size enterprises on the commercial front”. The Secretary reported having discussed that with Timerman: “It is our intention”, she underscored, “to do everything possible to address commercial procedures that appear too slow” on the part of Buenos Aires.
All of Latin America, as a “new economic world moving beyond the giants we know”, is an important region for Italy, not least in light of “growing exports and the quest for new markets”, the Secretary stated, who met in Buenos Aires also with Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa and Columbian Minister Maria Angela Holguin. In particular, Mexico will be taking over the Presidency of the G20 from France, and its agenda will include themes such as “regulation”, the international financial architecture and the growth of green as a driver of development. Dassù announced, in this regard, that Italy will have a coordinating role in the areas of energy and environment.