This Friday and Saturday in Hamburg, Germany, Argentina will participate in the international G20 summit, where it plans to advance trade agreements between Mercosur and the European Union. With the attendance of controversial heads of state such as Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, and the United States’ refusal to cooperate with the Paris Climate Agreement, the annual meeting will be held amongst numerous protests and general public tension.
Argentine President Mauricio Macri will travel to Hamburg with Cabinet Cheif Marcos Peña, Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie, The Minister of Finance Nicolas Dujovne, and the Secretary of Strategic Affairs Fulvio Pompeo. Finance Minister Cabinet Chief Ariel Sigal has already arrived in Hamburg and met with his US, German, and Chinese counterparts.
The G20 summit is perhaps the world’s most important forum for economic cooperation. Next year, Argentina will host the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, the first G20 summit hosted in Latin America. Internationally, this symbolizes another step in Argentina’s effort to mark itself as an important player in the world economy, as well as to represent the interests of Mercosur, the Southern Common Market.
To prepare for the G20 summit, in recent months Macri has been negotiating bilateral trade agreements with other heads of state, such as US President Donald Trump in April; Italian President Sergio Mattarella, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in May; and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet in June.
Here’s a summary of Macri’s agenda this week.
- Depart from Ezeiza International Airport.
- Arrive in Hamburg.
- Participate in Global Citizen music festival, an event to raise awareness of the international importance of education.
- Attend Hamburg Fairground, where Heads of State discuss combating terrorism.
- Attend summit’s first plenary session, Global Growth and Trade.
- Attend summit’s second plenary session, Sustainable Development: Climate and Energy.
- Attend official meal hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
- Hold a meeting at Movenpick Hamburg Hotel with French President Emmanuel Macron.
- Meet at Hamburg Fairgrounds with UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
- Hold hearings with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsieng Loong and India’s Prime Minister Narenda Modi.
- Attend summit’s third plenary session, Partnership with Africa.
- Attend summit’s fourth plenary session, Digitization, Employment, and Gender Equality Policies.
- Attend commemoration of the Declaration of Independence on the Freedom Frigate in the port of Hamburg.