President Mauricio Macri addresses the crowd at a tour of the new Olympic Village. (Photo via Telám/ Daniel Dabove)

President Mauricio Macri ended his three week vacation today with an optimistic speech at the Olympic Village in Villa Lugano, marking his return to the Casa Rosada for the new year as Buenos Aires gets ready to host the Youth Olympic Games this October.

Macri is confident that this honor will be an economic boon for Argentina.

After what seemed like a highly divisive, conflictive December, the president’s speech today marked a return to his usual positive rhetoric as he called for unity and growth. “We are going to continue to grow this year, just like we did last year,” he said. “We want to grow so that in 20 years we can end poverty and create the necessary opportunities so that everyone can achieve their dreams.”

Since Macri was elected, poverty has slightly gone down, producing mixed results at best, with UCA reports indicating that nearly 31 percent of Argentines are living below the poverty line.

After a few years of unreliable data on poverty rates in the country, Macri cleaned up house and began measuring the country’s poverty rate once more after taking office and asking that his presidency be judged on its ability to effectively reduce poverty.

At the Olympic Village today, Macri said he’s looking forward to watching an “idea transform into reality” and to show what “we as Argentines are capable of when we work as a team, compromise and throw ourselves behind a common cause.”

Watch a live stream of the speech here via the link in Macri’s tweet.

2018 will be a big year for Argentina. In addition to hosting the Youth Olympic Games, Argentina will be hosting the G-20, which Macri said “will give Argentina the opportunity to be the voice of Latin America and develop more opportunities for equality.”

These are all big, challenging promises, especially considering the many changes the Macri administration intends to tackle this year (like a labor bill that is opposed by the CGT and the Peronist bloc). But we still have to wait and see how things turn out. Summer still isn’t over and a lot can happen until March 1st.

Be patient.