Positive official visit from delegation of Argentine legislators to the UK
A delegation led by Senator Federico Pinedo described the annual meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group from both houses in Argentine and the UK as “very positive”. The official visit to London and Scotland took place at the invitation of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). The aim of the exchange was to foster inter-parliamentary ties across the houses and between the two countries.
“It went very well. At a time of global change, we confirmed at many levels the resilient interest in Argentina and in exploring avenues to consolidate the bilateral relationship — Pinedo said, before adding — our task in Congress is to assist our country’s bid to internationalise. And for this, it is important to congratulate the British Group of the IPU for all they have done. The visit represents yet another step in building confidence and furthering matters on the bilateral agenda”.
Among the numerous meetings held, of particular note was the head-to-head with Deputy Foreign Minister Sir Alan Duncan, which provided an opportunity to review the positive agenda. The dialogue, lasting an hour, gave Argentina’s parliamentarians ample opportunity to discuss matters of interest, including trade, investment funding — discussing progress on the Public-Private Participation bill voted through by Congress in 2016—,human rights, Argentina joining the OECD and the fight against corruption.
The delegation set out Argentina’s "long-standing position" on the Malvinas Question to the Minister of State, in accordance with the mandate of the National Constitution’s First Transitory Provision. Both parties also praised progress towards enabling the International Red Cross, which over recent days has completed its first exploratory mission to identify Argentine soldiers in Darwin Cemetery, to bring peace to families.
In the economic field, the delegation held a working lunch with the Minister of State for International Trade Greg Hands, who will travel to Argentina in March. Also set to travel in June is Alderman Andrew Parmley, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, who represents London’s financial district, the most important of its kind in the world alongside New York. During the visit, the delegation witnessed live the historic House of Commons vote giving Theresa May’s government the go-ahead to trigger Article 50 and begin the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. It was the subject of much conversation in meetings with Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem MPs and Lords. Hours before the vote, during the meeting with the All Party Parliamentary Group with Argentina, chaired by Mark Menzies, officials suggested exploring the opportunities Brexit may bring for out-of-season agricultural exports.
The visit to Scotland included meetings with Ken Macintosh MSP, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, and Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, with whom an agenda is already underway to increase Argentina’s presence. The delegation also visited the University of Edinburgh, where it held a round table with academics and students.
In the field of investments, the delegation visited an Aggreko factory in Dumbarton as well as the distillery of DIAGEO, which opted to join forces with Peñaflor in Mendoza to bottle its famous J&B whiskey for the first time outside the UK, as well as producing several of its spirits, an investment set to create 30 jobs.
La delegation comprised Senators Federico Pinedo (Unión PRO Party – City of Buenos Aires), Carmen Lucila Crexell (Movimiento Popular Neuquino Party - Neuquén) and Rodolfo Julio Urtubey (PJ Frente para la Victoria Party - Salta); Congressmen Eduardo Amadeo (Unión PRO - Buenos Aires), Alejandro Grandinetti (Frente Renovador Party - Santa Fe) and Margarita Stolbizer (GEN Party - Buenos Aires). The Argentine Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Carlos Sersale di Cerisano, and the British Ambassador in Argentina, Mark Kent, accompanied the delegation in all their meetings.
MEETINGS AGENDA 30th Jan to 3rd Feb
. Rt Hon. Alan Duncan MP, Deputy Foreign Minister.
. Rt Hon. Greg Hands MP, Minister of State, Dpt for International Trade.
. Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Andrew Parmley.
. Nigel Evans MP, Chairman of the BGIPU.
. Crispin Blunt MP, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee.
. Mark Menzies MP, Chair of the APPG Argentina.
. Michael Hamlyn, Overseas Territories Directorate.
. Diana Johnson MP.
. Rt Hon. Lindsay Hoyle MP.
. Chris Bryant MP.
. Rick Nimmo, Director of the BGIPU.
. Rt Hon. John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons.
. Angus Macneil MP, Chair of the International Trade Committee.
. Rt Hon. the Lord Fowler, Speaker of the House of Lords.
. Baroness Coussins.
. Rt Hon. Ken Macintosh MSP, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament.
. Ms Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs.
. Mr. Jackson Carlaw MSP, former leader of the Scottish Conservative Party.
. Mr. Dean Lockhart MSP, economic spokesperson of the Conservative Party.
. Round table with academics and students at the University of Edinburgh.
. Visit to Aggreko factory in Dumbarton.
. Visit to DIAGEO distillery.