Speaking at the begining of the meeting at the Kirchner Cultural Center in the capital, the president said it is an immense honor for his country to host it and take on the pro tempore presidency of that organization after 59 years.
We need to seek our own solutions and not import foreign recipes to face current challenges. We are experiencing a complex international situation because, after overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic, we lost peace, which has a negative impact on our economy, he pointed out.
However, we have the hope and the opportunity to creatively face the challenges. We can and should talk about productive integration, regional value chains, science and technology applied to the production of goods and services, and the generation of quality work, he added.
On the other hand, he highlighted the role of ECLAC and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States as generators of content and catalysts of collaboration agreements.
The current situation requires a critical look and innovative responses to design policies and solutions made in and for our region. The crisis highlighted the value of solidarity and demands that we strengthen cooperation and alliances, he asserted.
Working together is imperative and an essential condition to achieve equitable development that does not plunge those who inhabit these lands into poverty.
In this line, ECLAC offers us a privileged space for a collective and pluralist construction that encourages a sensitive look at the needs of each country, he pointed out.
The president invited to implement a structured agenda based on dialogue, increase regional ties and achieve a better position of the continent before the world.
Moreover, he advocated reducing the technological gap, fighting climate change, promoting equal rights and gender, promoting technological development, democratizing connectivity, promoting the knowledge economy and the transition towards renewable energies, among other aspects.
Let’s talk, coordinate and work together. That will give us strength, increase our self-esteem and show us new opportunities, he said.