President Alberto Fernández has agreed a deal with businessmen, unions and social leaders that will create a strategy to boost investment, industry and employment in Argentina.
The move, agreed under the framework of the first meeting of the president's "Economic and Social Council," is part of a joint effort to resolve the deep economic crisis facing the country, officials told reporters.
"The idea of this agreement is to begin to have a frank dialogue to tackle the problems that we have (...) a country that has had two consecutive years of declining consumption and more than 20 months of falling industrial activity," said Fernandez .
The document signed by those present, titled the "Compromiso Argentino para el Desarrollo y la Solidaridad," is just four pages long, but lays out the foundations for negotiations and further talks. It is a boon to the government, ahead of crucial debt talks with private bondholders and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
"In this way we generate work, so that the economy moves again," he added.
The agreement, sealed with stakeholders, aims to encourage productive investment and value-added exports, as well as facilitating access to bank credit for housing and production purposes.
Last week, Fernández introduced a package of emergency economic and tax measures that began to kick in this week. They include a 30 percent tax on the purchase of dollars, a 30 percent tax on purchases abroad with credit cards and travel abroad, as well as tax hikes for the upper and middle sectors.