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An influential group of businessmen chose Melconian to head a think tank and put together a government plan

Carlos Melconian

Carlos Melconian has already chosen his course towards 2023. After the experience in the management of Mauricio Macri, as president of Banco Nación and as a candidate for Minister of Economy who did not accept to take office in 2018, he chose to be a “libero” of the political parties and put together your own strategy for the next government.

The economist, who retains his historical partnership with Rodolfo Santángelo -with whom they share the same office in the Buenos Aires microcenter as directors of the Macroview consulting firm-, he was tempted to direct the think tank of the Mediterranean Foundation, a company of entrepreneurs in Córdoba that knew how to give space, equipment and resources to Domingo Cavallo to put together his strategy in the public function, which he served as president of the Central Bank, national deputy, chancellor and Minister of Economy on two occasions.

Yesterday, after Melconian spoke at a lunch organized by the Mediterranean, the entity that presides Maria Pía Astori, reported that “the economist is driven by business concern for having an economic program for the next term.”

“We, the businessmen, are united, working on the development of a project aimed at consolidating a viable and possible economic plan that will serve for the harmonious development and growth of Argentina,” he said in a statement, without specifying the position of Melconian, who will be director on the Ieral, as indicated to Infobae entity sources.

Melconian believes that, after working for Macri’s economic program in 2015 and being displaced as minister por Alfonso Prat Gay To be the Minister of Change, the best option is to remain equidistant and in consultation with all the leaders who consult him. In fact, he maintains a good relationship with the former president, who from time to time acknowledges that he should have insisted that he be the head of the Palacio de Hacienda in 2018, when he declined to replace Nicolás Dujovne.

Macri's Chief of Staff, Marcos Peña, escorted by Mario Quintana (left) and Gustavo Lopetegui (right)
Macri’s Chief of Staff, Marcos Peña, escorted by Mario Quintana (left) and Gustavo Lopetegui (right)

At that time, Melconian had already left the Nation faced with the Chief of Cabinet of Marcos Peña and Mario quintana and he told Macri that he would only assume if Horacio Rodríguez Larreta he assumed the position of coordinator of the cabinet of ministers, a condition that the then president did not accept.

In any case, the fervent Racing fan believed that, with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) program already signed, there was no room for maneuver to conduct economic policy, unlike what should have happened at the end of 2015, with the implementation of an important fiscal adjustment to reduce inflation and avoid excessive dependence on external indebtedness.

From the beginning of his tenure at the Nation, he showed an autonomy that drove the Casa Rosada crazy, but Macri always held him in high esteem.

Now, the time has come to position ourselves again, facing the next presidential mandate and that is why the convocation of the Mediterranean is not accidental, where this designation caused a certain internal stir among its partners and hence the confused dissemination of his appointment.

Domingo Cavallo
Domingo Cavallo

The one who gave an immediate opinion was Cavallo himself, who said before an inquiry from Infobae: “It seems very good to me, but the continuity of all the very good professionals who today make up the IERAL must be ensured.”

“It is very important that the current members of IERAL agree with this designation. I suppose that the authorities of the Mediterranean Foundation and IERAL have agreed on the advisability of this designation ”, clarified Cavallo.

“It is also important that the incorporation of Carlos Melconian and all the new members of the IERAL is accompanied by a significant increase in the contributions of the Mediterranean Foundation to the IERAL,” he said without losing his calm or firmness.

Melconian’s diagnosis

Yesterday, at the lunch held at the Duhau Palace of the Park Hyatt hotel, Melconian gave clues about his vision. “The negotiation with the IMF is between hunger and the desire to eat”, he claimed.

“Both need and want to agree. The Fund is not in a position to impose structural reforms. In the negotiations with the IMF, both will have to swallow toads, “he added, to the agreement of his audience.

In addition, he suggested that the next president not fall again into the error of Kirchnerism and Macri of dividing the economic management to reduce the power of the Palacio de Hacienda. “It takes direction, economic organization, diagnosis and program, implementation and management. An economy minister. And enough of being afraid. This is a presidential country, “he explained. Precisely, in Macri’s administration there was an excessive dispersion of the power of the ministers due to the supervisory power of the Chief of Cabinet, through Mario quintana and Gustavo Lopetegui; Most of the former ministers of that government question the strong influence of Quintana on the economic course, even after having had to leave his post with the crisis of 2018.

Going forward, Melconian indicated: “We are going to a complicated Executive-Legislative relationship. The current Argentine Executive is not suitable for the faint of heart. On November 15 there was no political outcome, “he said about the result of the recent legislative elections.

Regarding the dollar, he said that “the supply of dollars in 2022 is lower than the demand for dollars in 2022. Net reserves are negative. I would tell the president that the spokeswoman does not say more that the reservations are robust. My aunt is scared “, he opined.

“The net reserves are negative. I would tell the president that the spokeswoman does not say more that the reservations are robust. My aunt is scared, “he said with his usual relaxed style.

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