“The agricultural sector is a pioneer industry that is constantly transforming itself and contributes largely to the country. Right now it’s being watched from abroad, I know for a fact that Africa is watching us very closely”.
These words were delivered by Rodolfo Q. Rivarola, dean of IAE Business School, at the opening of the fourth edition of Visión 2020/40, an event jointly organized by Universidad Austral’s Agribusiness and Food Center (CEAg) and Adblick.
In addition, Carlos Steiger, head of CEAg stated: “2013, the year Argentina Visión got started, was a harder time for the sector” but he also asserted that “it’s pulling itself up. It’ll invest US$ 5 billion, that is, it’ll reinvest”. CEAg is partly “the result of Universidad Austral’s commitment to the soybean cluster”, he added, emphasizing that Argentina “can feed over 400 million people”.
The event took place yesterday, June 23rd, at the campus in Pilar and was attended by outstanding government officials and sector leaders such as María Eugenia Vidal, governor of Buenos Aires province; Mariano Mayer, national secretary for Entrepreneurs and Small and Medium Enterprises; Ricardo Negri, secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries; Nicolás Ducoté, mayor of Pilar; Carlos Steiger, head of Universidad Austral’s Agribusiness and Food Center; and Gustavo Grobocopatel, president of Los Grobo Group.
“It is good for Argentineans to get together to think long-term”, said María Eugenia Vidal at the beginning of her speech. The governor, who participated in the opening of this fourth edition, remarked that “Buenos Aires province makes up for half the agribusiness bridge that will connect us to the world”.
The governor stressed trust building as a key objective and pointed out that the effects are already becoming visible. To conclude, she offered her vision for the following months “The agricultural sector will bring good news for the country”.
The event included the following sections: “Middle-term Perspectives – Agricultural Sector and Argentina: Innovation and Disruption”; “Agro-industry in Argentina for the Next Years and its Leadership Role”; “A View from Different Businessmen and Leaders”. Important leaders in the agricultural sector were also present at the event.