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Argentina formally took over the presidency of the G-20 international forum for the next year. In a speech delivered at the Kirchner Cultural Center, President Mauricio Macri highlighted that the country’s challenge is to be up to the task, and the fact that other countries chose Argentina to lead the group during this year illustrates that the country is “going down the right path.”

“It is one of the largest challenges in our history and we will face it the intention of being mediators who act in good faith. This will be a success if we work together, as a team: if we do it, this will be a turning point in our country’s history,” Macri said.

Macri went on to expand his perspective of the benefits this presidency can bring. He said “we want to be an image of the entire region” and, perhaps in a veiled jab at former administrations indicated his administration will also “prove that we can join a global conversation without raising our voices in anger or passively following someone else’s interests.”

Moreover, he named the issues in which the country will mainly focus on during this year, explaining he will bring to the table an agenda that will revolve around three axes: “future of the labor industry,” “infrastructure for development” and “a sustainable alimentary future.”

Following this line of thought, he made a call to “seize the global opportunities presented to increase employment, investment and exports,” as well as “elevating education and science.” Furthermore, he assured this role will help the government move towards its main goal: reducing poverty. “Our vision for the G-20 is that of a group of countries that cooperate to generate inclusive growth,” he argued.

This agenda will begin to be worked on tomorrow, at the first formal G-20 summit under the country’s presidency, in which the members’ deputy finance ministers will get together in Bariloche, in the Province of Río Negro. Treasury Minister Nicolás Dujovne will be the Macri administration’s representative in this case.