The president of the government of Spain, Pedro, Sánchez will land on Tuesday in Argentina for a state visit that he intends to translate as the kick-off of the implementation of the plan that will allocate 4,500 million euros to reinforce Spanish economic activity in Latin America.
“A plan that places Argentina as one of the priority countries,” Sánchez told President Alberto Fernández less than a month ago in Madrid, when he hosted the Argentine on his European tour of friendly countries that can give support for the renegotiation of the Creole debt with the IMF and the Paris Club.
Two and a half years after his last visit – it was in December 2018 to participate in the G20 – Pedro Sánchez returns to Argentina, third destination for Spanish exports in all of Latin America.
From the surroundings close to the entourage that will travel to Buenos Aires with him, they confessed to Clarion that the places to accompany the president reserved for Spanish businessmen do not exceed a dozen.
Among those who will get on the presidential plane will be representatives of the Puentes Group and Indra, the multinational with headquarters in Madrid that usually processes the data of the elections in Argentina.
“Travel with new investors. And there will even be a hidden investment, which will not be announced because it requires bidding processes, but which will be produced ”, they trust.
Pedro Sánchez received Alberto Fernáncez at the Palacio de la Mocloa, in Madrid, on May 11. Photo: EFE
Investments and expectations
More than 300 Spanish companies have a foot in our country. And for Argentina, Spain represents the second largest investor in the world.
“It is the most important foreign and economic policy event for the Argentine government throughout the year, not to mention the entire administration,” he tells Clarion Federico Polak, the former spokesman for Raúl Alfonsín who, from Madrid, works as Special Representative for Business Promotion in Spain.
“He only visits Argentina in South America. From there he goes to Costa Rica. It is a very relevant fact ”, considers Polak.
The Argentine ambassador to Spain, Ricardo Alfonsín, traveled to Buenos Aires on Friday where he will accompany the Spanish president, whose Official agenda will begin on Wednesday June 9 at the Casa Rosada.
You will be received by President Alberto Fernández, with whom you will walk through San Telmo to the National Historical Museum, where in 1536 Pedro de Mendoza founded Buenos Aires.
There he will meet with Spanish and Argentine businessmen.
Visit to the ESMA and other museums
Then there will be a bilateral meeting between the two presidents, with signatures of agreements, and on Wednesday afternoon, Sánchez will meet, at the Immigration Museum, with representatives of the Spanish community in Argentina, the largest among those living outside of Spain.
Its official agenda will close with a visit to the School of Mechanics of the Navy (ESMA), today the headquarters of the Museum of Memory. Then you will leave for Costa Rica.
Sánchez arrives in Buenos Aires looking for a breath of clean air. He has just turned three years at the Palacio de la Moncloa, which he arrived at due to a motion of censure against Mariano Rajoy, and he is not living his best moment despite having accelerated the vaccination campaign against the coronavirus and already having ten million Spaniards with the complete vaccination schedule.
Complicated home front
The president of the Spanish government aspires to achieve group immunity during the European summer, that is, between July and August.
Inside doors, the relief that Sánchez dreamed of having with the departure of the PSOE-Podemos coalition government of the vice president and former leader of United Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, never came and the precarious result of his party -the PSOE- in the regional elections of principles May in Madrid, where the PP of the current regional president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, won by a landslide, weakened its government image.
The triumph of Isabel Diaz Ayuso, of the Popular Party, in the Madrid elections, a blow to the government of the socialist Pedro Sánchez. Photo: DPA
The Sánchez management also lives days of overwhelm in the face of opposition criticism and from various sectors of Spanish society by the possible pardons that the president of the government would be about to grant the Catalan independence politicians imprisoned and sentenced for having organized the referendum on illegal self-determination and the unilateral declaration of independence of Catalonia in 2017.
Added to this is the diplomatic crisis with Morocco, the neighboring country that is furious at the reception that Spain gave the head of the Polisario Front that disputes with the Moroccans the dominion of Western Sahara.
Without doing anything to prevent it, Rabat allowed ten thousand people to cross its border illegally in 48 hours to Ceuta and Melilla, two Spanish autonomous cities on the African continent.
The leader of the Polisario Front and president of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Brahim Gali, 73, had entered intensive care in a hospital in Logroño from Algeria. He had tested positive for Covid and has suffered from digestive cancer for years.
The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs was quick to justify the gesture on “strictly humanitarian reasons so that he could receive health care”.
But Morocco reiterated its ambassador in Madrid and, despite the fact that Gali has already left Spain, promises reprisals.
Before this scrambled home scenePedro Sánchez travels to Argentina and Costa Rica with one hope: that, perhaps from the other side of the ocean, he will be seen arriving as the bearer of good news.