President Mauricio Macri. Photo via La Nación.

Speaking at an event inaugurating a fertilizer factory today, President Mauricio Macri claimed the worst days are over in the nation’s economic recovery and that we could look forward to better days.

“Good news [such as the inauguration of the factory] is starting to arrive. This will keep happening more and more often as time goes by. Nothing is achieved from just one day to another. We are constantly taking small steps forward. Thank you for believing,” he began.

Joined by Buenos Aires Province Governor María Eugenia Vidal, Macri went on to concede that his administration had to make a lot of tough calls to, “Get out of the crisis Argentina was going through,” but that it was all in order to get things back on track.

“I’m always saying a lot of those [austerity] measures were hard to pass, because I know they meant Argentines had to make a big effort. That’s why we also took a lot of measures aimed at helping out those people struggling the most,” he added.

The Macri administration justifies the austerity measures it’s taken — i.e. increasing utility bills and getting rid of currency controls (leading to inflation) — by arguing it was all necessary to fix what it calls the “K [Kirchner] Inheritance,” or what it sees as the “poor” and “dismantled” State they received from the former Kirchner administration, the result of Macri and co. see as economic mismanagement, corruption, etc.

Macri also highlighted that under his administration, Argentina managed to get back to being an important player in the international markets: “The world says: ‘We need Argentina to take an active role.’ And we say: we have learned from our mistakes.”