Jorge Alejandro Mastropietro, Ambassador of Argentina


Argentina: A place to know

Πηγή: "Politistiki Diplomatia" Magazine, τεύχος Ιουνίου


Argentina is a vibrant country. It is the result, in part, of a mixture of cultures that it has experienced since its first steps as a nation. Argentina received, as of the second half of the XIX Century until the 1950's, large flows of immigrants, mainly Spaniards and Italians but also from other countries, most of them from the Mediterranean region.

More recent migration currents are originated in neighboring countries -and from South America, in general- and, to a lesser extent, from Asia (principally, Korea and China). This characteristic has given a multicultural and cosmopolitan atmosphere to the country. The country enjoys, nowadays, a strong economy based on a diversified productive sector, a competitive national currency, management of healthy economic variables and the stimulation of the internal market with social inclusion. Eight years of sustained growth at an average rate of near 8% annually, between 2003 and 2010, have placed our country among the fastest growing economies. Argentina GDP grew, last year, at a rate of 9%, remaining as one of the most dynamic economies in the region, while unemployment has been reduced from about 25%, in 2002, to 7,4%, today.

Argentina has been implementing policies for the last 8 years to rescue the industrial sector, which had been strongly hit during the last decade of the last Century and the first years of the present one, through incentives directed to all industries including small and medium enterprises. It has also experienced, in the last 8 years, a record in foreign investments, starting from 11.3% of the GDP, in 2002, and increasing to 23%, in 2008, the highest level of investments in the last 30 years.

The Governmental Agency for Investment Development, PROSPERAR (www.prosperar.gov.ar), gives support all along the investment process (from identifying opportunities and evaluating projects to the post-investment or aftercare phase), with a network of 130 Permanent Diplomatic Representations of Argentina throughout the world. Argentina boosts its culture and one of its most important parts is tango. Tango, considered Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO since 2009, has achieved world recognition and today stands out as the country's main cultural icon. In this respect, starting this year, Athens will be a co-host city for the World Tango Championship that takes place annually in Buenos Aires. In June, Athens will be the seat of the first, of many to come every year, "Tango Acropolis Festival". Argentina is, as well, internationally known for its literary wealth as reflected by its special guest status at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2010, the most important editorial event, last year.

The ranks of outstanding authors and poets include Jorge Luis Borges, our most famous exponent; Ernesto Sabato; Julio Cortazar; Adolfo Bioy Casares and Juan Gelman, among others, now followed by a new generation of talented young writers. Thanks to the creation, last year, of the Program "South" to support translations, the Argentine Government made possible the translation and publication in Greek of Argentine writers such as Aira, Mairal, Fresan, Pauls and Cozarinsky. With over 540 publishing houses, the Argentine publishing industry is among the most prolific in the Spanish-speaking world. Argentina offers one of the broadest book selections in Latin America, on show every year at the International Book Fair of Buenos Aires, also the largest book fair in the Spanish-speaking world. Moreover, UNESCO chose Buenos Aires as "World Book Capital 2011".

 In the framework of this event, presently it is possible to visit the "Babel Tower" of books, an installation by Argentine artist Marta Minujin, made of 30.000 books from 54 countries and in almost all the languages and dialects of the world. Minujin, a well-known pop artist, was responsible also for the "Parthenon" of books, exhibited in Buenos Aires, in 1983, when Argentina recovered its democracy. The number of 30.000 is related to the quantity of missing people -"desaparecidos"- between the years 1976 and 1983, when the Military Junta ruled Argentina.

Neither we must forget the filmmaking industry that has been growing during the last decade with a new generation of talented young directors, who created the so-called "new Argentine cinema". The local industry treasures, among other important awards, two Oscars as "Best Foreign Film" given to "La Historia Oficial" (1986) and "El Secreto de sus Ojos" (2010), as well as another five nominations to this coveted award. Last but not least, in tourism Argentina has a lot to offer. Not only Buenos Aires is a beautiful city to visit, also the rest of the country presents great options for all tastes from the wine-road in Mendoza (to the West of the country) to the Iguazu Falls in Misiones (East) and from the Glaciers in Santa Cruz (over the southern part of the Andes) to the "Tren a las Nubes" -"Train to the Clouds"- that takes you up to the clouds at 4.200 meters above the sea level, in Salta (North). And these are only examples of what you can do and enjoy in Argentina. For all of these things and many more to discover, Argentina ... is a place to know.

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