Argentina's economy has spent the last 20 months in recession. According to IMF estimates, economic activity will decline by 3.1 percent this year.
Debt under the Mauricio Macri administration has grown by around US$100 billion and now exceeds 90 percent of gross domestic product, according to international organisations. When President Macri took office in 2015, debt stood at 38 percent of GDP.
Last week, Fernández told IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva that he would seek a "sustainable" solution to both Argentina's debt with the multilateral lender and private bondholders.
The president-elect has insisted his government would not default but rather seek to renegotiate the terms of the IMF loan, and sought to reassure voters in last month's election that their bank deposits would be safe under his administration.
"It's like a guy who drinks a lot and is a little drunk. The solution is not to continue drinking. The solution is to stop drinking," he told the radio station.
Argentina has around US$28 billion in debt held by private investors and international organizations that will mature in 2020, Treasury Minister Hernán Lacunza said this week.
While Fernández has, for the most part, shied away from giving details about his future Cabinet officials, he did confirm Tuesday that Marco Lavagna will head the INDEC national statistics bureau.
Speaking to local news channels, the Frente de Todos leader said it was "expected" that Lavagna – the son of ex-presidential candidate and former economy minister Roberto Lavagna – would take up the position.
INDEC was a source of controversy under the previous government led by Fernaández's vice-president-elect, Cristina Fernaández de Kichner, after it became subject to political pressures that put in doubt the credibility of official data.