French oil giant Total is interested in partnering with Russian companies to jointly develop petrochemical projects in southern Argentina, Sergey Derkach, the trade representative of Russia in Argentina said. Earlier this month he met with the management of Total Austral, an Argentina-based subsidiary in the southern Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego where local authorities are currently assessing the number of projects in the oil and gas sector, including expanding natural gas production and creating a petrochemical cluster for making fertilisers.
Argentina imports of textile products in 2019 fell 20.9% in dollars and 10.3% in kilograms compared to the previous year, according to a report by the Pro Tejer Foundation. China concentrated 40.8% of purchases in dollars and 41% in tons, followed by Brazil (18.3% in dollars and 17.6% in tons); India (6.3% in dollars and 12.7% in tons); Indonesia (2.7% in dollars and 4.9% in tons); and Korea (1.4% in dollars and 2.6% in tons). Argentine exports of textile products decreased 40.1% in tons and 25.8% in dollars.
Economy Minister Martín Guzmán held in New York what he called "strategic meetings" with bank executives and investment funds that hold Argentine bonds under foreign law. Despite the total official secrecy, it was reported that representatives of BlackRock, Templeton, Pimco, Gramercy, Greylock, Fidelity, Morgan Stanley, Bank of American, Citibank and JP Morgan attended the meeting. Alberto Fernández' government is planning to determine next week the final structure of the sovereign debt restructuring offer.
AbraPlata Resource Corp announced significant high-grade assay results from the third diamond drill hole, DDH 20-001, completed at the Oculto deposit, located on its wholly-owned Diablillos project in Salta province, Argentina. In addition to intercepting high-grade gold and silver mineralisation, DDH 20-001 intercepted high-grade copper mineralisation in the vertical continuation of a hydrothermal breccia beneath the current gold and silver resources at Oculto.
Argentina Minister of Economy Martín Guzmán, meets today in New York with representatives of banks and investment funds holding sovereign bonds regulated under foreign law. The meeting follows another held yesterday in Washington with the Deputy Director of the Western Hemisphere Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Julie Kozack, and the head of the Argentine mission, the Venezuelan Luis Cubeddu, both members of the technical mission that visited Buenos Aires last week.
The production of industrial SMEs in January registered the lowest decline in the last 20 months, with a 0.3% fall compared to the same period of 2019, the Argentine Confederation of Medium Enterprises (CAME) reported. Six of the eleven surveyed items fell and only one remained unchanged. The four sectors with annual growth were Food and beverages (0.2%), footwear and leather goods (1.9%), chemical products (11.9%) and textile and clothing products (2.3%).
UK ambassador to Buenos Aires Mark Kent said his country wants "to be a partner" of Argentina in such areas as the development of railways. His comments followed a meeting of a British trade mission with the head of the State Railway Infrastructure Administration (ADIFSE), Ricardo Lissalde, in which they presented projects for railway development, including a train to Vaca Muerta oil shale.
The renewable energy company Genneia has pocketed $31 million as the first tranche of a $465 million corporate loan granted by the German Development Bank kfW. It will be destined for the Pomona II wind power plants that are already in operation and Chubut Norte II wind farm that is under construction and is estimated to be operational in September. Genneia owns 4 projects in Argentina: Rawson III, Villalonga II, Pomona II and Chubut Norte II, with an installed capacity of 66.48 MW
Argentine beef exports to its top buyer China fell almost a third in January compared to previous month, due to buyers bargaining for lower price, and the effects of a coronavirus outbreak, according to Mario Ravettino, head of the consortium of Argentine meat exporters (ABC). The estimated January figure of 31,500 tonnes would be the lowest in nine months. Soaring demand from China last year saw sales of Argentine frozen boneless beef double to 408,500 tonnes, worth around $2 billion.
Argentina’s sovereign bonds edged up on Friday after a tumultuous week following the IMF technical mission saying the country would need major debt restructuring amid concerns about default. Local over-the-counter bonds rose an average 1.1%, trimming losses for the week to just 0.5%. A dollar ‘Par’ bond was one of the top performers, up 3.1%. Argentina’s country risk index eased 37 units to 2,055 basis points from almost 2,600 points September.