Davos 2018: Macri says Argentina wants to play ‘significant’ role on world stage
Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri said the country is seeking a new seat at the top table of global politics, with its economy bouncing back. Speaking in Davos, Mr Macri, who is also the current chair of the G20 said that “for decades, we have been isolated from the world. But we are now opening a new phase. We are in a position to play a significant role on the international stage.”
He added: “If we continue to be isolated, all we will do is deepen our poverty problems.”
The comments form the latest sign that under its new business-friendly president, Argentina is seeking a broader global role. It has been leading the push for a trade pact between the EU and South America as well as hosting multilateral bodies, from the World Trade Organization to the G20.
In October, Mr Macri’s Cambiemos coalition secured one of the biggest victories for any political force in midterms since the return of democracy in 1983, as Argentina’s economy rebounded after six years of stagnation — a decisive win that raised hopes for the re-election of the president.