LatinNews Daily - 16 June 2022

In brief: Argentina swears in new productive development minister

* Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández has sworn in Daniel Scioli as the country’s new productive development minister. Scioli is replacing Matías Kulfas, who was ousted after Vice President Cristina Fernández took offence to off-the-record remarks he had made, alleging there were irregularities behind a public tender process for pipes run by officials aligned with the vice president. During the swearing in ceremony, President Fernández thanked Kulfas for his work, stating Argentina’s economy grew 10.3% in 2021, thanks in part to the former productive development minister. Scioli, who describes himself as a “developmentalist” and “productivist”, said he would work with companies all over Argentina, from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to large businesses, to “enhance all the possibilities that exist thanks to entrepreneurial energy”.  Scioli assumes his new position after serving as ambassador to Brazil between March 2020 and June of this year. He served as vice president from 2003 to 2007 under former president Néstor Kirchner.

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