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Carlos Alfaro

Populism was at its peak in 2016 but data shows that reality is winning in 2017. This trend will favor pragmatist policies like those that President Mauricio Macri is applying in Argentina. During its G20 Presidency, Argentina will have the unique opportunity to influence the agenda of the summit and prove that it has come a long way to, not only return and be part to the world economy, but play an important role in a new trend back to common sense policies.

By the year 2018 Argentina could be the G20 economy with the biggest growth in recent years. In general, economists predict that Argentina’s economy may expand 3% this year, the quickest growth out of all G20 countries that make up 85% of global GDP, in spite of inflation.

An unjustified importance has been placed in the results of the mid-term elections in October 2017. The results of these elections will not affect the ability of the Government to continue with its pragmatist micro-management of government affairs. The agenda that Argentina can push at the G20 meeting in 2018 should be one that represents the goals of its economic policy: abandoning ideological policies to concentrate in practical day to day important issues for the ordinary people like employment, education and food.

In general in G20 countries, people under 40 are not looking to messianic idealists but to leaders with the capacity to manage the many problems they have to confront in their life (transportation, access to information and education, work opportunities, sustainability, quality life, security, among other day to day concrete needs).

While ideologists are still dealing with the past, the majority of people are looking at the present and demanding real solutions and hands on management. Thanks to the rapid growth of technology and social media, access to non-filtered information is
framing peoples’ opinions.

People favor an orderly evolution rather than the romantic ideology of the “revolution” that guided the young people of the past. Argentinians are now looking at a President responsible for effective planning, delegating, coordinating, staffing, organizing, and decision making capacity that could get results for a particular community or country.

So far the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, fits this profile. He showed this capacity when for eight years he governed the city of Buenos Aires, which was perhaps an easier model to apply his managerial capacity than the nation -where the results of a particular policy may not be perceived immediately.

This need for a competent manager is incremented by the advance in innovation and technology, which will explode in the years to come. Old style politics and remedies are not up for this challenge. The agenda of the G20 must recognize that the most powerful countries should change the paradigms of the past and address the needs of a world that is in constant evolution, creating crises and needs which will require practical non-ideological solutions.