After Martín Lousteau handed in his resignation just two days ago — in order to get back involved with local politics to follow his possibly aim of becoming city mayor in 2019 — the search is on for someone to take up the post of Argentine ambassador to the USA.
There are a few recurring names, the favorite being former Minister of Economy Alfonso Prat-Gay.
Prat-Gay is an economist by occupation, and was president of the Central Bank of the Argentine Republic from 2002 to 2004, and National Deputy of the city of Buenos Aires from 2009 to 2013. When Macri came into power in 2015, Prat-Gay became Economy minister, a post which, after he was forced to resign a year later, was split into two positions, Finance Minister and Treasury Minister, to be occupied by two separate people.
Other contenders include Paula Bertol and Isela Costantini. Some say choosing a woman to fill this role could be a good choice for Macri, allowing him to appear to combat gender inequality more actively by appointing women into strategic positions.
Bertol is a lawyer. She too was a National Deputy of the city of Buenos Aires from 2005 to 2013, after serving as a legislator from 2003 to 2005. Fun fact: she was one of the main legislators who made smoking indoors illegal. She is also the head of the Secretariat of Parliamentary Relations for the cabinet chief’s offices.
Isela Costantini, meanwhile is a Social Communications graduate. She then became CEO of General Motors Argentina between 2012 and 2015, and is probably best known for serving as the first female president of Aerolíneas Argentinas. A post she held for the greater part of 2016.
Sources from the Casa Rosada told La Nación that “all will be resolved after the visit to the States,” referring to Macri’s scheduled meeting with Trump at the end of the month.
Other top ranking officials have been mentioned, but none confirmed by the Casa Rosada.