17 East Monroe
ARGENTINA TODAY: SOUTHERN STAR
His Excellency Jorge Argüello, Ambassador of the Argentine Republic to the United States
World-renowned for its rich cultural traditions, Argentina is also an economic powerhouse. It is the third largest economy in Latin America, a G20 member, and boasts a highly educated workforce, strong agricultural and industrial sectors, and ample natural resources. Its economy grew by more than 8% in 2011 and unemployment is at the lowest level in decades. Argentina is also very active internationally, working to consolidate and expand Latin American trade blocs such as MERCOSUR and UNASUR, despite the increasing domestic challenges it is facing. However, some of the country’s economic and foreign policy priorities have been contentious, such as the nationalization of the Spanish-owned former state oil company YPF. Join The Chicago Council and Ambassador Jorge Argüello for an open discussion on Argentina’s priorities, its place in the global economy, and the way ahead. Ambassador Argüello will share his views on the Islas Malvinas dispute.
His Excellency Jorge Argüello is the ambassador of the Argentine Republic to the United States, a post he has held since November 2011. Prior to his appointment as ambassador, Argüello served as the permanent representative of Argentina to the United Nations (UN) from 2007 until 2011. While at the UN, Argüello was appointed vice president of the Peace and Security Committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, and presided over the Fourth Committee of the UN, as well as the G77. He also served as president of the Foreign Relations Committee in Argentina, and in 2003 was re-elected as deputy of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, having previously held this position since 1997. Argüello began his political career in 1987 as a member of the city council of the City of Buenos Aires. He earned a law degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and an M.A. degree from the Universidad de San Andrés.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2012
The Palmer House Hilton
17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603
Lunch, presentation and discussion