Breakfast with businessmen, visit to a memorial with Fernández and meeting with Chileans: Boric’s agenda on his last day in Argentina

A business forum, a visit to the Memory and Human Rights Space and a meeting with the Chilean community residing in Argentina, were the activities that marked the agenda of the President Gabriel Boric on the third and last day of his first state trip to the trans-Andean country.

To start the day, the President headed to the Palacio San Martín to deliver an opening speech at the business breakfast of the Argentina-Chile Trade Committee. Upon his arrival, he was received by the Argentine Foreign Minister Santiago Andres Cafiero and then an official photograph was taken with the participants of the business forum.

In his presentation, President Boric granted space to recognize the cross-cutting nature of his presidential entourage, which is attended by parliamentarians from the opposition and the ruling party, and to highlight the new Chilean ambassador to Argentina, Barbara Figueroaan appointment that brought reactions both nationally and trans-Andean.

“I am sure that is going to have an excellent success in this mission and that, in addition, she is a fellow trade unionist who is going to represent us in the best way in the sister homeland”, expressed the Head of State.

In economic matters, he recognized the trade between the two countries that has been carried out during the last year, pointed to the bilateral cooperationto the gradual development of measures Yet the willingness to dialogue.

Here we as a State policy are beginning our mandate based on what those who preceded us did. In fact, last year, you surely know very well, the commercial exchange between Argentina and Chile increased significantly, which is very good news, and that is not an achievement that can be attributed to my administration, of course”, he specified, adding that “since this is a State policy we are giving it continuity and we want to deepen, we do not come here to invent the wheel”.

At the end of his participation in the business forum -which did not last more than an hour-, the President moved to the Space Memory and Human Rights (former ESMA), a place that was a detention and torture center during the military dictatorship in Argentina, but which currently seeks to preserve memory and promote the defense of human rights.

In the place located in the neighborhood of Núñez, in the north of Buenos Aires, he met his peer, Alberto Fernandezand has contemplated a tour of the facilities, also accompanied by the chancellor antonia urrejolathe defense minister, maya fernandezand by Argentine authorities.

To end the visit, the President will meet with Searchita Roa, only Chilean member of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo.

In the instance, Boric gave a few minutes to refer to his visit and meeting with representatives of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo and later the round of questions began. The first issue on the table, in national matters, was the fifth withdrawal of pension funds, a project that is not contemplated by the current Executive, but that members of the Communist Party have assured that they are evaluating their support in Congress.

It seems good to me that every project is reflected and meditatedbut I have full confidence that both the Communist Party and all the parties that make up the government will be aware that a new withdrawal would be tremendously damaging to our economy and, in the long run, to the people who are requesting it today. ”, the President began by saying about it.

“Then, I have no doubt that both the PC and my Social Convergence party, as I hope the PS, all the parties, are not going to support a measure that ends up going against them beyond the immediate. Sometimes to be able to do things that flourish in the long run they are going to have to grit their teeth and know that there are measures that are unpopular”, he added.

“You cannot pretend to solve the structural inequalities of Chilean society at the point of withdrawals from pension funds, that is bread for today and hunger for tomorrow,” he added.

Another topic for which President Boric was consulted was the Constitutional Convention, particularly about the polls that have positioned the option of Rejection over Approval in the exit plebiscite and what would be his role as Head of State in the event that this scenario be concreted.

In this regard, he pointed out that “I am concerned, here I am not indifferent to what is happening in the debate that is taking place for the first time in our history.” And about the opinion polls, he specified that they are “concerns and a wake-up call for all of us who trust in this process, for all of us who believe that this process is necessary”.

I have talked with people who voted Approve and today they have doubts. Those doubts cannot be simply ignored. The discussion is not only communicational, the external cannot be blamed, there are also responsibilities of those who believe in the process and there my call is to seek the greater transversality and breadth possible to build a Constitution that is a meeting point and that the exit plebiscite is a meeting pointBoric added.

In this framework, he pointed out that “this implies that space must be given to reflect, to think, so that the agreements are broader than what they have been until now, to modify what needs to be modified and I have deep confidence in at Convention. (…) I respect their autonomy and at the same time I do not pretend to be indifferent, do not misunderstand that”.

Later, the President, along with his official entourage, visited the National museum of fine arts. In it, she toured the exhibition of the Argentine artist Ernesto Deira, also through the temporary exhibition “The forgotten exhibition and a reading of four Chilean artists”, and through the Sara Facio Anthology.

His tour of the museum ended to move to the Embassy of Chile in Argentina and so hold a meeting with the Chilean community residing in the trans-Andean countryin what was your last activity of the day before heading to Chile.