Dujovne: “Argentina proposes a G20 agenda of inclusive growth”

The Minister of the Treasury held a joint press conference with Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, who presented the report “Going for Growth,” with concrete proposals for countries to implement.

Argentine Treasury Minister Nicolás Dujovne and OECD Secretary-General Ángel Gurría held a joint press conference at the closing of the official proceedings of day one of the First G20 Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, taking place in Buenos Aires.

Dujovne mentioned Argentina’s “ambitious reform agenda,” which aims to “generate more and better jobs through sustained and inclusive growth.” In this context, the minister mentioned the fiscal reform that was recently passed in Argentina and the agreement with the nation’s provinces that will allow progress on devising a tax system that is “more efficient, modern, and fair.”

The minister highlighted Argentina’s insertion into the international community and sustained that it is a “gradual integration” process. According to Dujovne, Argentina is committed to multilateralism and international cooperation. “We want to take advantage of the G20 presidency to demonstrate to the world that we can be a trustworthy partner for dialogue. That is the spirit that we want to bring to this forum,” he said.

“The intended consensus will not be easy,” added Dujovne. “But it will be necessary to fulfil the agenda of inclusive growth that Argentina proposes for this G20.”

Gurría gave Dujovne a copy of the OECD report “Going for Growth,” which analyses the parameters of structural policies and economic performance, and offers political leaders recommendations on concrete reforms to drive growth and ensure that the majority of society can enjoy its benefits.

The OECD secretary-general praised the “political, economic, and fiscal” reforms in Argentina and emphasized that they are indispensable. “Unfortunately not all countries in the world have the same reform impetus,” he said.

About the G20

The G20 started out in 1999 as a meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors. In 2008, amidst the global financial crisis, it evolved into what it is today: a major forum that seeks to develop global policies to address the world’s most pressing issues. The G20 summits are attended by the heads of state and government of 19 of the world’s leading economies and the EU. Together, the G20 members represent 85% of global GDP, two-thirds of the world’s population, and 75% of international trade.