President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner spoke today at the Independence Day Act in the capital city of the province of Tucumán, as part of the festivities celebrated there today. After arriving by plane, President Fernández visited the Historic House of Independence Museum in San Miguel de Tucumán, before leading the Independence Day Act in the company of Vice-President Amado Boudou and Governor of Tucumán José Alperovich.
Fernández began her speech by remembering her late husband and Former President Nestor Kirchner and the model he created for rescuing Argentina from its financial crisis in 2001. She spoke of his first visit as president to Tucumán to celebrate Argentina’s Independence Day: “it was a completely different world and country …it was the moment that Argentina started to lift itself up from its ruins.”
The President discussed the challenges of today’s global economy, the recent financial crises in Europe and the United States, and affirmed that in today’s globalised world, these problems “inevitably lead to repercussions in Argentina.” She talked about her administration’s efforts to counteract these repercussions and ensure a strong national economy, emphasising the government’s commitment to protecting national industry, as well as specific policies like the new Procrear Credit Plan. She reminded Argentines that next month her administration will issue the “Boden 2012” bonds in dollars, which were created in order to remunerate citizens for money lost in the 2001 crisis.
Fernández ended her speech by reminding citizens that the “struggle is not just for economic growth, but rather a growth that comes with equality and equity.” She called for “national unity,” and for Argentines to continue working together on projects of “organisation and solidarity.”