President Mauricio Macri arrived today in the alpine town of Davos, in Switzerland, to kick off his two-day-long participation in the World Economic Forum, which takes place between January 23 and 26.
Macri will stay there for two days, during which he will have a jam-packed schedule that will include meetings with the heads of state of Canada, Switzerland and the Netherlands, as well as CEOs of some of the largest companies in the world, such as Microsoft’s Bill Gates. Let’s take a look at what the first day has in store for him.
The President will begin his activities by hosting business and political leaders at Casa Argentina, a location especially prepared for the occasion. As such, Macri will host figures such as Microsoft CEO Bill Gates and executives from Temasek International, Total, Cargill, Coca-Cola and Lloyd’s. Same as he did with Russian business leaders in his visit to the Eurasian country yesterday, he will court them and try to get them to invest in the country.
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The schedule will continue at 4 PM local time, with a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It will not be the first time they hold a bilateral talk. In November 2016, Trudeau visited Argentina, where he and Macri committed to work on a common agenda concerning “cooperation in trade, sustainable mining, refugees, climate change, education and border security.”
Macri will continue his schedule by talking to high executives of Facebook and German conglomerate company Siemens. Afterwards, he will move on to the next head of state, when he meets with Dutch Primer Minister Mark Rutte at 5 PM. They will be joined by Dutch Queen Máxima, who, as you probably heard, is Argentine. The President will conclude his activities for the day with a meeting with Swiss President Alain Berset.
But the activity of Argentine officials in the alpine town has already began, as Ministers of Treasury and Production, Nicolás Dujovne and Francisco Cabrera, arrived yesterday with schedules of their own. Both kicked it off by holding a working breakfast at Casa Argentina, where they delivered a presentation about “global systems of production” before business leaders and officials from different countries invited to the event. “We talked about the country’s situation and Argentina as a reliable partner,” Cabrera told La Nación.
Cabera also met with executives of Dow Chemical, Visa and Unilever. Dujovne, on his end, met with representatives of banks HSBC, BBVA and City. He was also set to meet with US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin, but the event had to be moved to today.
Tomorrow, Macri will address the plenary of the World Economic Forum as chair of the G20 an take questions at a press conference. Having completed another round of meetings with business and civil society leaders, the Argentine delegation will head to Paris, where he will have a bilateral meeting with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, as well as a set of meetings with local business leaders.