November 26, 2021
International insertion: “Today we compete through knowledge”
What are Argentina's challenges in the world? What is our biggest advantage? What do we export? These and other questions in the talk organized by Grupo Los Grobo and invited by FADA and MAUÁ.

Grupo Los Grobo inaugurated its cycle of talks on agricultural policies in conjunction with FADA and MAUÁ. “Urgent challenges for international insertion” was the title of this first conversation in which Gustavo Grobocopatel (Grupo Los Grobo), David Miazzo (FADA Chief Economist), Jorge Castro (International Analyst and President of the Institute of Strategic Planning) and Pablo participated Sívori (Undersecretary of International Trade and Commercial Promotion at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

“Today there is a global competition for innovation capacity and increased productivity. Basically you compete through knowledge. Argentina is a highly competitive country, whose central comparative advantage is not its extraordinary natural resources but the exceptional wealth and creativity of its human capital ”, affirms Castro.

In this talk on international trade, there was a lot of talk about the two world powers of today and their relationship: China and the United States. “Today the world market is practically monopolized by the United States and China. Is this an opportunity or a risk? What does this bipolar world imply? ”Asks Grobocopatel.

“There is no cold war here of any kind, you don't have to choose between two powers that divide the world. What needs to be seen is what is at stake in today's world. Strategic thinking is a systematic effort at simplification, concentrating on establishing what is essential of the time and what is accessory and letting go of the accessory and concentrating on the essential. At this time, for example, what is essential is advanced knowledge of the fourth industrial revolution, ”says Castro.

“The great challenge is to achieve a virtuous alliance between the public and the private. It is modernizing diplomacy to an aggressive commercial diplomacy that understands the business. We are used to a diplomacy of a political nature rather than a commercial one. The challenge is to work together to accommodate diplomacy at the speed and needs of new businesses, ”says Sívori.

FADA economist David Miazzo presented data from the Agroindustrial Export Monitor report to emphasize the destinations and podiums that Argentina occupies worldwide with its products. “We have chains that depend on exports, and a world where our products are important: we are the world's leading exporter of soybean meal and oil, lemon juice and oil, peanuts, corn and beans. The second from yerba and the third from soybeans ”.

“When we see what we export as a country, we find products such as soybeans, corn, barley, pears and apples, grass, grapes, tea, lemon, among many others. When listening to these productive chains, it is inevitable to imagine different parts of the country. That is one of the characteristics of the agroindustrial chains, the federalism they have, which generate jobs throughout the country, in places where many times there are no other economic activities, ”says Miazzo.

As a global premise, the four specialists agree on the need to bet on the development of science, technology, and knowledge. That is the way forward to be able to compete globally. “Power in our time is neither territorial nor economic nor military. Power in our time is the domain of technologies in this fourth industrial revolution, which are fundamentally 3: artificial intelligence, the internet of things and robotization ”, concludes the international analyst Castro.

The talk took place on Wednesday, November 24 and is available on the FADA Foundation's YouTube channel and that of Grupo Los Grobo.

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