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Five themes of Macri’s speech to Congress

The president will deliver an assessment of his administration’s work in general, including on reforms that are underway or will begin this year. He will also touch on some of the bills expected to reach lawmakers during the upcoming ordinary sessions.

Thursday 1 March, 2018
President Mauricio Macri.
President Mauricio Macri. Foto:File-Perfil

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President Mauricio Macri will today address Congress for the third time since he took office in late 2015. In the 40-minute speech, which formally opens Congress’ ordinary sitting period, Macri will “ratify the economic path” of his government with its focus on “gradual measures”  and “care of public spending”, the Télam news agency reported. The five major themes of this speech will be:

Balance: The President will deliver an assessment of his administration’s work in general, including on reforms that are underway or will begin this year. He will also touch on some of the bills expected to reach lawmakers during the upcoming ordinary sessions.

Progress: Macri will focus heavily on the need to continue “gradual measures” of reform and to “lower public spending” in order to reduce the deficit. He will reiterate his promises for an end to poverty and for the creation of jobs.

Economy: In economic terms, he will ratify the economic model the government has embraced and will insist that the tax distribution agreement signed between the provinces and the national government to reduce the deficit is the basis “for a new culture of politics” in Argentina.

Change: The president will also insist on the need for “deep change” in the country’s institutions, according to Télam.

Education: Macri will reiterate his commitment to quality education and will mention the importance of the Progresar scholarships, which create a new pathway for young people to access higher learning.

-TIMES/PERFIL

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