Despite last week’s rib injury, President Mauricio Macri has been given the all-clear from his doctors to attend his first annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He flies out tomorrow and will take part in approximately nine 30-minute and 19 15-minute meetings between then and Friday.
Davos marks the first time Macri will meet with world leaders and his first time on the proverbial international stage since he took office in December. According to government sources, one of Macri’s principle objectives will be to discuss Argentina’s entry into the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
For the uninitiated, the forum itself has grown over the last 40 years to become a meeting of the most important global business and political leaders. It has often been the sight of historic political moments, including the first joint appearance of former South Africa Presidents Nelson Mandela and F.W. De Klerk, who led the country under apartheid, in 1992 and the agreement on contested territories Gaza and Jericho between Israeli and Palestinian leadership in 1994. Key themes at this year’s summit that Macri will discuss range from robotics to the European migration crisis to climate change.
Macri’s busy agenda this week include meetings with six heads of states: Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Queen Máxima (a fellow Argentine) of the Netherlands, Prime Minister Enda Kelly of Ireland, President François Hollande of France, Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Vice President Joe Biden of the United States.
Prominent titans of industry also appear on Macri’s impressive dance card: he has meetings set with the CEOs of Google, Dow Chemical, Shell Group, Coca-Cola and Facebook legend Sheryl Sandberg herself. Notably absent from the schedule: any meeting with fellow attendee and International Monetary Fund boss Christine Lagarde. Perhaps he is saving the discussion of the Argentine debt crisis for less beautiful climes.
Suerte Mac, Argentina is watching.