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The national government presented the Export Plan for Development, which provides training, financing and technical assistance tools to achieve sustained growth in the domestic market and strengthen the export profile of companies for internationalization.
The presentation was held this afternoon at the Palacio San Martin and the development of the main guidelines of the plan was in charge of the Ministers of Foreign Relations and International Trade, Santiago Cafiero; of Productive Development, Matas Kulfas; and of Agriculture, Livestock and Fishing, Julin Domnguez.
The main axis of the initiative will be the generation of export capacities, with assistance to companies for the internationalization of products and financing for exports, with lines of investment, credit and working capital.
In the event held in the Liberation Hall of the Palacio San Martín, the Chancellor pointed out that “the idea and the foundation of this plan is to try to find practical answers to the difficulties that the productive structure has because it is beginning to grow and the difficulties associated with it. currencies “.
Within this framework, he stated that it is a plan “not only related to the stimuli that must be given throughout the territory, but also refers to the planning necessary as a country in the global insertion, in the insertion of value chains and what is the role that each one has to play in Argentina “.
“We have been growing exports for 8 consecutive months and we also see that many of the exports are linked to prices, but also to primary sectors of the economy, which are naturally welcome, but we also need SMEs to take place,” said Cafiero.
To do this, “we have to have a regional bloc that pulls, we have to have a strategy of direct link with Latin America, with Europe and with the United States. That is where today a large part of the export task linked to the knowledge economy is arriving, “he pointed out.
Meanwhile, Kulfas assured that the government expects the plan to “increase foreign sales, increase the number of exporting SMEs, generate strong investment development and diversify and expand the productive matrix in a federal way and promote new sectors.”
Along these lines, he pointed out that “exporting companies pay wages that are almost 50% higher than non-exporting companies” and pointed out: “The more we export we are making a positive contribution not only to the balance of payments but also to improve the way we export. that income is distributed “.
Domnguez stressed that “the opportunities that the Nation’s foreign service built during this decade in the search to open new markets should be an extraordinary opportunity, never a problem.”
“We are going to work to separate all the obstacles that keep us away from this goal of growing the nation’s exports, which, on the other hand, is the only destination that we see to be able to integrate as a society,” said the minister.
The Export Plan for Development contemplates four axes aimed at generating export capacities; financing; international insertion and development of strategic sectors with export capacity.
For the first axis, it is planned to provide training and technical assistance to companies for internationalization, support for quality certifications and adjustments, facilitation of exports, permanent review of export rights and refunds, among others.
For export financing, different investment lines will be provided: productive for strategic projects (BNA); productive for SMEs; internationalization (BICE); exports to China (ICBC); working capital for MSMEs exporting to Brazil (BICE) and credit for priority markets.
Meanwhile, for international insertion, negotiations and the Private Public Council for the promotion of exports (CPPPE) will promote participation in international fairs, trade missions and business rounds.
Among the sectors with export capacity that the plan aims to support are hydrocarbons; electromobility; mining; agroindustry; wines; automotive and auto parts; biotechnology; camo and medical cannabis industry; Forest industry; fishing and aquaculture; pharmacy and clinical trials; and knowledge economy.
In addition, a Program for Dynamic Exporting SMEs was planned, which provides for financing at a subsidized rate, non-reimbursable contributions, technical assistance, and commercial promotion and management.
In this framework, 264 SMEs were identified that meet the conditions of “dynamic exporters”, that is, they sustain exports for relatively high amounts during the last years in segments of high content and technological complexity.
The main sectors of these SMEs are chemicals, capital goods, pharmaceuticals, plastics, textiles and metals.
The plan also foresees a comprehensive strategy, which combines the different axes to promote the international insertion of these companies, given that they are strategic actors to generate foreign exchange and quality employment, according to the details released after the meeting.