Without passing the Knowledge Economy Bill, revenues of $446 million will fall by 2020

The software or knowledge economy companies are still waiting for the Senate to treat the project that has been approved by the House of Representatives since June and that would benefit a sector that has the potential to sell some $6 billion a year abroad. The main risks are the loss of 11,200 jobs and the loss of 33.4 billion pesos ($446 mn) in revenue in 2020.

Argentina is one of the ten countries with the highest net loss of forest, with 6.5 million hectares in the last two decades

In recent days, images of fires throughout the country have affected the collective sensibility of an environmental catastrophe. It is not a temporary situation, but the consequence of a long process whose causes (economic, climatic, political, social) has led to the deforestation of 6.5 million hectares in the last two decades. Argentina is one of the ten countries with the most significant net loss of forests. According to satellite monitoring by Greenpeace, 21,275 hectares of native forests deforested between March 15 and June 30, 2020. In the case of Cordoba, more than 14,000 hectares were affected by the impact of fire - 95% intentionally - and the vast majority were the result of burning to expand agricultural and livestock activity and monoculture.

Dario Martinez assumes today as the new Secretary of Energy

The current president of the Energy Commission of the Chamber of Deputies will leave his position to concentrate on the energy area, which from now on will be under the Ministry of Economy, to provide an integral vision to the energy factor, which affects the macroeconomic stability and the competitiveness of the added value. Martínez will leave the presidency of the Energy Commission of the Chamber of Deputies to take the place of Sergio Lanziani.

Buenos Aires launches comprehensive carbon-neutral plan for 2050

The city of Buenos Aires has just launched a comprehensive green plan to reverse the adverse effects of climate change and its impact, in line with the axes required by the Paris Agreement, to which Argentina signed up in 2016. It is working to reduce emissions of the leading greenhouse gases (GEis), which account for 13.1 million tonnes of CO2 according to the latest official measurements. It focuses on three key sectors with high participation in emissions: responsible energy of 58%, transport of 28% and residues of 14%. The initiative will seek to make the city carbon neutral by 2050

The government presented a plan to promote gas production and export

The national government presented on Thursday the guidelines to increase gas production during the next four years. It has as its central pillar a 4-year competitive auction scheme for onshore development. For off-shore projects, an eight-year term will apply to amortize costs. It aims to secure fixed blocks of 70 million cubic meters per day (MMm3/d) for production companies for 365 days until 2024. It plans to authorize export volumes of up to 11 MMm3/d during the summer season. By promoting local production, the desired effect is to achieve a reduction in imports of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and liquid fuels, to enable a reduction in the cost of the service.

AFIP tightened control over foreign assets

The Federal Administration of Public Revenues (AFIP) today tightened its control over the assets of Argentines abroad, through a series of changes in criteria on personal property tax. In December 2019, it established that assets abroad should pay taxes at a rate of 2.25%. The rule indicated that it should be paid by those who had tax domicile in Argentina. Now, the AFIP established a series of modifications so that eventually the loss of residence in Argentina would not be argued by processing only the cancellation of the tax domicile.

Government to control large companies to limit capital outflow

The Government provided for controls on international transactions between companies in the same economic group because the loss of tax revenue as a result of harmful tax planning techniques amounts to 4.4% of GDP. The regulations require economic groups with annual incomes over 2 billion pesos ($29.54 mn) to submit "Master Reports", with information on strategic planning for the financial group as a whole.

IMF mission returns to Buenos Aires to discuss ‘next steps’

The International Monetary Fund will send another mission to Buenos Aires on Monday to continue debt strategy talks and discuss “next steps,” an IMF spokesman said on Thursday, as Argentina seeks to renegotiate its $57 billion financing package. Julie Kozack, the IMF deputy director for the Western Hemisphere, and Luis Cubeddu, head of the IMF’s mission in Argentina, will lead the team. In their previous visit just over a week ago they said Argentina's sovereign debt was "unsustainable".