The Economic and Social Council was presented on March 1, 2020 as one of the axes of the Alberto Fernández Government in the speech at the opening of the Legislative Assembly. The pandemic delayed plans to launch the agency which will include all sectors represented by unions, businessmen, social organizations, churches, and the scientific and educational community.
The Government maintains the secrecy of the members of the Council who It will be chaired by the Secretary for Strategic Affairs, Gustavo Béliz, the official who maintains a very low profile and does not usually have contact with the press. Gone was the nomination of the former economy minister, Roberto Lavagna, who had been tempted to the position. Nor will Béliz fight for a position at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and will remain close to the presidential environment.
The President had announced that the creation of the Council would go through Congress. In the rush to advance in the body, it will be done through a presidential decree with the appointment of the official who will preside over the body.
The event will have the absence of the vice president, Cristina Kirchner, that does not usually participate in government announcements, except for those related to foreign debt. Just today is fulfilled a new anniversary of the birthday of the senator who was greeted on social networks under the hashtag #CristinaCumple.
The idea of launching the official body, which comes with a one-year delay, aims to relaunch the axes that Fernández had considered at the beginning of his administration, and that were truncated by the advance of the coronavirus pandemic. It was one of the promises of the presidential campaign with the aim of uniting the voices of the different sectors, even those who clash with some ideas within the ruling party.
The Economic and Social Council will work on « long-term State policies » in matters such as productivity and social integration; environment and climate change; job; food safety; and innovative democracy.
Who will be the 30 directors
The The government keeps the names of the 30 councilors who emerged from the dialogue under secrecy with the business, union, academic and civil society sectors. From the Executive it was reported that for the constitution of the organism they analyzed national and international experiences, such as those of Belgium, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy and the Netherlands. The United Nations Economic and Social Council was also taken as a reference.
The big bet of the government is to think of ideas and projects for the future with a continuity that transcends management, so the presidency of the body will last for five years. The prelude to the creation of the Council was designed a few days ago between Alberto, Béliz and the Chief of Staff, Santiago Cafiero, in a meeting they held at the Casa Rosada, in which they outlined the presentation this afternoon at the CCK.
The announcement comes after negotiations between the Government and the different sectors of the economy to put a framework for discussion and agreements on prices, job creation, and joint ventures. Alberto received the Liaison Board, while the economic cabinet dealt with businessmen and unions.