Argentina needs to grow out of boom, bust cycles: Treasury minister

Argentina needs to grow out of boom, bust cycles: Treasury minister

Nicolas Dujovne said the country was working to get out of a cycle of booms and busts. The aim is to put Argentina back into the "club of developed nations," he said.

Argentina's economy is undergoing a transformation although inflation remains high.

But Nicolas Dujovne, the nation's treasury minister, told CNBC on Thursday that the country was working to get out of a cycle of booms and busts.

"Typically, Argentina has experienced boom-bust cycles and we're trying to get out of that," Dujovne said at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.

"In 2017, Argentina grew close to 3 percent and we think that this year we'll be growing close to 3.5 percent," he said.

Dujovne said the country was trying to grow out of a series of booms and busts with the aim of putting Argentina back into the "club of developed nations."

"Macroeconomic policy is directed towards correcting imbalances and that's how we will not repeat these boom-bust stories of Argentina," he said

Argentina's economystarted its recoveryunder the leadership of President Mauricio Macri, a former real estate developer who took office in 2015 just as the country was heading into a recession. It exited its recession in the second half of 2016.

Today, the stock market is booming but the wider economy still faces challenges. Argentina's central bank is trying to tame high inflation, of almost 25 percent, but revised its interest rate target higher to 15 percent Tuesday, giving it room to continue to slowly lower interest rates that are currently around 27 percent. The central bank expects the interest rate to go down to 5 percent in 2019.

Dujovne said that reforms instigated by Macri were bearing fruit and boosting investor confidence.

"Valuations were really depressed under the previous administration and there was no respect for the rule of law, (there was) an economy that was totally stagnant and high inflation and a high fiscal deficit, and no plans to tackle the problems," he said.

"But since Mr Macri has taken office, Argentina has embarked on a program of reforms to restore macroeconomic stability to Argentina and to restore the possibility of having growth for many, many years. so the markets are discounting the success of the reforms."

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