Guzman: "My role is to dedicate myself to management and not interfere in power disputes"

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The Minister of Economy, Martín Guzmán, avoided responding to criticism from the Kirchnerist wing of the Government, which criticizes his management at the head of the Treasury Palace and blames him for the defeat in the 2021 elections. “My role is to dedicate myself 100% to the management and not interfere in power disputes,” said the official this Thursday in San Carlos de Bariloche, while participating in a forum organized by the Diario de Río Negro.

In recent days, criticism against the head of Economy by a sector of the Frente de Todos has multiplied, mainly due to the acceleration of inflation. The offensive was led by Andrés “Cuervo” Larroque, Minister of Development of the province of Buenos Aires: he pointed out that “nobody voted for him” and affirmed that in last year’s legislative elections “there was a verdict on the policy that he developed.”

He was joined by deputies Sergio Palazzo and Cecilia Moreau. The legislator asked to “change the economic policies”, although he avoided nominating a candidate for the Ministry of Economy, while the vice president of the ruling bloc in the lower house said that he sees the official “getting worse”: “He is not looking at what is happening in everyday life”.

In the Government they chose not to “comment” on the repeated criticism. “These are opinions, we take them as opinions and we do not comment on opinions,” the spokeswoman for the Presidency, Gabriela Cerruti, said yesterday during her usual press conference at Casa Rosada.

The truth is that the Minister of Economy has the support of President Alberto Fernández and remains firm in his position.

Agreement with the IMF

On the other hand, the head of the Palacio de Hacienda ratified the fulfillment of the goals agreed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). “We want to maintain the same goals designed in the original IMF program regarding the fiscal path, the accumulation of reserves and the financing that the Central Bank does to the Treasury,” he said.

“We have a program as part of a comprehensive plan that we want to fulfill because we believe that it is what is good for Argentina. There is a commitment from the national government to be able to continue in line with what we have established in the macroeconomic programming and we will work on that basis,” he said. And he explained that for this “it is essential to have a comprehensive set of conditions such as an inclusive productive structure, that there is more stability from the generation of more foreign exchange and more exports, and with more dynamics from the productive.”

“There are issues that are being adapted, which are the projections in an international context, which is one of uncertainty for the whole world and which has turned inflation into the main international problem,” he said.

He highlighted, meanwhile, the measures to contain the rise in prices, such as the reinforcement of income for monotributistas and informal workers, but he stressed that in order to advance with a comprehensive solution to this problem it is necessary to “calm down the economy.”

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