EENI-Business School

Doing Business in Argentina

Syllabus of the Subject: Doing Business in Argentina. Buenos Aires.

  1. Introduction to the Republic of Argentina (South America)
  2. Argentinian Economy
  3. Economic Profile of the Argentinian provinces
  4. International Trade of Argentina
  5. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Argentina
  6. Case Study:
    1. Argentinian Automotive Industry
    2. Biotechnology
    3. Software and information technology services
    4. Creative industries
  7. Doing Business in Buenos Aires
  8. Case Study:
    1. Audiovisual industry in Buenos Aires
    2. Arcor Group
  9. Introduction to Spanish
  10. Access to the Argentinian Market
  11. Business Plan for Argentina

The objectives of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in Argentina” are the following:

  1. To analyse the Argentinian economy and foreign trade
  2. To evaluate the business opportunities in Argentina
  3. To explore Argentina's trade relations with the country of the student
  4. To know Argentina's Free Trade Agreements
  5. To examine the profile of the Argentinian Companies
  6. To develop a business plan for the Argentinian Market
The Subject “Doing Business in Argentina” is part of the following programs:
  1. Masters (e-learning): International Business, America, Emerging Markets
  2. Doctorate in Business in America
  3. Course: South America

Course learning materials in English or Spanish Argentina Portuguese Argentina French Argentine

  1. Credits of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in Argentina”: 2 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: two weeks

Sample of the subject - Doing Business in Argentina
Foreign Trade and Doing Business in Argentina, Buenos Aires

Mabel Turk Mabel Turk (EENI Professor) in Argentina.

Description of the Subject: Foreign Trade and Doing Business in Argentina.

The Republic of Argentina (America).

  1. The Borders of the Argentine Republic are Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay
  2. Argentinian capital: Buenos Aires
  3. Argentinian official language: Spanish
  4. Argentina (South America) has a population of 42 millions of people
  5. Argentina is the eighth largest country in the World
  6. Currency: Argentinian Peso
  7. Abolition of the Slavery in Argentina 1853
  8. African Diaspora in Argentina: 0.1% of the Argentinian population
  9. Independence from Spain: 1816, recognised in 1857

Main religion in Argentina: Christianity (Catholicism: 38 million, Maronites: 750,000)

Argentina belongs to the Latin American Economic Area of the Western Christian Civilisation

Buenos Aires is one of the main cities in Latin America.

  1. Including its metropolitan area (Greater Buenos Aires), Buenos Aires has 13 millions of people, one of the ninth most populated urban conglomerates in the World.
  2. Buenos Aires is the thirteenth urban centre with the largest revenue in USD in the World, in the lead of cities like Hong Kong, Miami or São Paulo, and its growth forecasts are excellent
  3. Buenos Aires is the home to big Argentina's companies.

The main economic sectors of Buenos Aires are:

  1. Creative industries
  2. Software
  3. Pharmaceutical industry

Argentinian Economy.

Economic recession in 2014

Argentinian Economy

  1. Argentina is a Frontier Market
  2. The compound annual growth rate was 8%, below the People's Republic of China (10.7%) and India (8.4%)
  3. 1,000 foreign corporations are in the Argentine Republic, including 50% of Fortune's 100 firms
  4. The Argentinian Automotive Industry is a key contributor to the manufacturing production and exports in the Argentine Republic.
    1. The Automotive sector represented 2.5% of Argentinian GDP (including automotive parts manufacturing), 8.5% of the industrial output and 10% of the total exports.
    2. There are ten car makers in Argentina: Fiat, Ford, General Motors, Iveco, Mercedes-Benz, PSA Peugeot-Citroën, Renault, Scania, Toyota, and Volkswagen
  5. The Argentine Republic counts with an extensive competitive food and beverage industry, with total sales of USD 53 billion (31% of the total manufacturing production sales) and exports of USD 21 billion (30% of the total manufacturing production exports)
  6. The Software and computer services industry in the Argentine Republic has 40,000 workers in near 1,000 companies that invoice USD 1,600 million and USD 300 million owing to exports
  7. The creative industries are principally concentrated in Buenos Aires (7.5% of the district's Gross domestic product and 8% of the total employment).
  8. Other big cities in the Argentine Republic, Cordoba, Mendoza or Rosario, are also developing creative industries sector
  9. Significant accumulation of reserves
  10. A fixed monetary policy
  11. A competitive exchange rate
  12. Argentina has significant natural resources
  13. Argentina is a member of the MERCOSUR

Argentine Emerging Sectors:

  1. Biofuels
  2. Software
  3. TV
  4. New technologies

Foreign Trade of Argentina.

  1. Argentinian exports decreased by 12% (cereals, fuel, energy, industrial manufacturing, slowdown in Brazil) and imports decreased by 11.4%
  2. The Services export sector registered a record-high volume of 12 billion dollars (one of the highest levels in Latin America)
  3. The largest Argentinian trading partners are Brazil, China, Chile, the United States, and Germany
  4. Records of levels of foreign direct investment (FDI) in twenty-five years
  5. Argentina gives foreign direct investment attractive profitability in a huge range of sectors. Earnings as percentage of the foreign direct investment stock were 10% average
  6. In response to the global financial and economic crisis, foreign direct investment decreased globally, and Argentina has not been a rareness. After achieving the highest foreign direct investment rates in thirty years (23.1%)


Argentina Economic Organisations and Trade Agreements

Argentina is a member of the MERCOSUR (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay), having access to a widespread market with 295 millions of people and the chance of exporting to and importing from MERCOSUR economies without having to pay customs duties.

Since the creation of the MERCOSUR, foreign trade between Argentina and the other members of the MERCOSUR went up by 500%.

  2. MERCOSUR Free Trade Agreements (FTA)
  3. Latin American Integration Association (ALADI)
  4. Union of South American Nations (UNASUR)
  5. Latin American and Caribbean Economic System (SELA)

Argentina has signed the OECD anti-corruption measures

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