Business Leaders Forum in Neuquén


B20 held the fifth and last Business Leaders Forum in the city of Neuquén on Tuesday 14th

More than 600 people attended the event, co-hosted by B20 and the Government of the Province of Neuquén. The main topics discussed included the changes in productive processes and new technologies, the Comahue region´s potential to transition towards cleaner energies, the labor market´s reconfiguration and financial models for infrastructure development.

The meeting was opened by Marcos Peña (Chief of Staff, Argentine Government), Omar Gutiérrez (Governor, Province of Neuquén, Argentina), Alberto Edgardo Weretilneck (Governor, Province of Río Negro, Argentina) and Daniel Funes de Rioja (B20 Chair).

“G20 is an opportunity to open ourselves to the world, to receive the world, to show our point of view and to prove that Argentina is a country that can be host to an event of this caliber,” said Marcos Peña.

“Efficiency, productivity, courage and insistence in continuity are essential to develop our business resources,” stated Omar Gutiérrez.

“We are now assisting our province to develop a series of changes related to private investments and state backing. Our goal is to be more efficient in regional economic activities, transforming ourselves and understanding the actions of the different actors. A regional economy´s success is related to understanding its strategic position within a globally competitive market,” said Alberto Edgardo Weretilneck.

Dante Sica, Minister of Production of the Argentine Government, followed, focusing on the current situation of Argentina´s economy: “Stabilizing the macroeconomy is essential to develop the economy of the future,” he said.

The second panel focused on “Digital Economy & Industry 4.0” and included Facundo López Raggi (Minister of Production and Industry, Government of the Province of Neuquén), Diego Coatz (Executive Director at the Industrial Union of Argentina (UIA) and B20 Digital Economy & Industry 4.0 task force member), Martín Zarich (BBVA Francés President), Fernando García (President at Texproil S.R.L.) and moderator Carolina Castro (B20 executive sherpa).

“The challenge is how to insert ourselves more effectively in the global market. How we can build Argentina´s productive and technological puzzle. With Argentina´s capabilities we have a great opportunity, we have natural resources, diversification, local production and skilled human resources,” said Diego Coatz.

The following panel focused on “Energy & Infrastructure” and featured Javier Iguacel (Minister of Energy, Argentina Government), Miguel Gutiérrez (YPF President and B20 Energy, Resource Efficiency & Sustainability Task Force Chair), Diego Manfio (CEO at Ingeniería SIMA S.A.), Carlos Ormachea (President at TECPETROL and B20 Energy, Resource Efficiency & Sustainability Task Force member) and moderator Néstor Scibona (Journalist at La Nación).

“Our goal is to provide Argentina with clean, abundant and accesible energy to transform our country in a global supplier by responsible development of non-conventional resources and the incorporation of renewable energies,” said Javier Iguacel.

The fourth panel followed and focused on the “Future of Work” and included Inés Berton (SMEs Development Task Force Chair and Tealosophy Founder & CEO), Andrea Ávila (CEO at Randstad Argentina and Employment & Education Task Force member), Eduardo Phielipp (Executive Vicepresident at ACIPAN and SMEs Development Task Force member) and moderator Fernando Landa (B20 Policy Sherpa).

The closing panel focused on “B20 in the context of G20” and featured Pablo Tettamanti (G20 Ambassador), Javier Bolzico (President at Argentine Banker´s Association), Héctor Orlando (Vicepresident at Buenos Aires Chamber of Commerce), Victor Dosoretz (Treasurer at Argentine Chamber of Commerce & Services and SMEs Development Task Force Co-Chair), Daniel Pelegrina (Argentine Rural Society President, Sustainable Food System Task Force Co-Chair and B20 Co-Chair Group member) and moderator Daniel Funes de Rioja.

Daniel Funes de Rioja brought the forum to a close: “We organized the Business Leaders Forums to broaden the scope of discussion in our country and include the views of representatives of SMEs and regional economies. These exchanges were very important to unify Argentina´s position in the B20 agenda and essential for the final recommendations to reflect the business community´s point of view”.

The B20 Summit will be held on October 4-5th in Buenos Aires.