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Invest in Argentina

The United States is a strategic partner, and as a long-standing investor in Argentina, it has historically been the main source of foreign direct investment (FDI) in our country, with a 23% share of the total FDI stocks in Argentina.
    For 2018 (latest available data), the United States’ investment stock in Argentina was $15 billion, which represents an increase of approximately 2% compared to 2017.
      There is a strong and century-long presence of US companies in Argentina, with approximately 400 US companies operating in our country that employ 140,000 people.
        The main sectors of U.S. investment in Argentina are agriculture, manufacturing, oil and gas, communications and technology, and financial services.
          Argentina and the United States signed a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) in force since 1994, which includes the reciprocal protection of investments.

            Comparative advantages of Argentina

              A large and diversified economy

              • 3rd among the largest economies in the region, with a GDP of $500 billion (after Brazil and Mexico)
              • GDP per capita based on PPP of $ 23,229 (2018)
              • 4th among the countries of the region in terms of population (43 million), with 93% in urban areas; an average age of 30; and a vegetative growth of 0.9% annually. With a demographic dividend until at least 2030
              • An unemployment rate under 6.6%. ~ 75% of jobs are in the service sector 

              Availability of natural resources

              • 8th largest country in the world (2.8 million km2), with 53% of arable land
              • Extensive coastline (4,700 km)
              • 8 major oil and gas fields (5 conventional, 3 unconventional, offshore exploration potential)
              • Unexploited metal and mineral reserves (copper, gold, silver, lithium, potassium)
              • Optimal conditions for renewable energy development (wind, solar)

               
              High-quality human resources

              • High quality, international level labor force, with demonstrated technical abilities, creativity and versatility
              • Ranks 1st in the Human Development Index, and in the Latin American education index
              • 98% literacy. ~ 110,000 college education graduates per year
              • Ranks 2nd among countries with the highest proportion of middle class and lower Gini coefficient in the region
              • Internationally renowned scientific and technological institutes (CONICET, INTA, INTI)
              • Entrepreneurship - successful ventures (Mercado Libre, Taking Off, Globant)

               
              Solid institutional framework

              • Over 30 years of democratic governments, five changes in governments made up by different political parties since 1983
              • Legal and regulatory frameworks inspired by developed countries
              • A system of republican and federal government guarantees autonomy to provinces
              • A wide range of agreements and bilateral and multilateral treaties (G20, Mercosur, UNASUR)
              • Member of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes of the World Bank (ICSID)

               
              Developed infrastructure

              • Extensive road and rail networks throughout the country (+35,000 km each), 43 ports and 54 airports
              • High level of connectivity, with 75% broadband and 141% of mobile devices
              • Extensive energy coverage through gas pipelines and the National Interconnected System (SIN) for electricity
              • All of the above shows that Argentina is ready to position itself as an attractive destination for Foreign Direct Investment

               
              Attractive value proposition

              • Low asset valuation
              • Attractive domestic market (significant size and purchasing power)
              • Access to talented and raw materials at affordable cost management
              • Unrealized consumption and investment (logistics, infrastructure, services, energy)
              • Potential for recovering historical leadership in particular sectors (for example meats, grains, oil and gas)

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