Pope Francis when he received in a private audience the Minister of Economy, Martín Guzmán, within the framework of the tour that he maintains by several European countries to discuss the renegotiation of the debt with the IMF
Pope Francis appointed the current Minister of Economy, Martín Maximiliano Guzmán, a new member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, the Holy See announced today in a statement.
The Academy, established in January 1994 by John Paul II, is dedicated to promoting the study and progress of the social sciences, especially economics, sociology, law and political science.
So far this year, there are already two Argentines who have been selected by the Supreme Pontiff to join said institution. On September 19, the Secretary for Strategic Affairs, Gustavo Beliz, was also appointed to that position.
Minister Guzmán, 39 years old and now an ordinary member of this Vatican entity, was born in La Plata on October 12, 1982, graduated in Economics from the University of his hometown and received his doctorate from Brown University in the United States.
He was chosen by the Pope “for his skills in the social sciences and for his moral integrity”, like the rest of the academics. It is a group of no less than 20 academics and no more than 40, who advise the Holy Father on the aforementioned issues.
Martín Guzmán, the chosen one of the Supreme Pontiff
Among the current academics are the Italian Prime Minister and former President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi, the Chilean sociologist Pedro Morandé and the Argentine Marcelo Suárez-Orozco.
The aim of the institution is to offer the Catholic Church “the elements to develop its social doctrine, reflecting on its application in contemporary society.”
In addition to serving as Minister, Guzmán is a research assistant at Columbia University, where he directs the Debt Restructuring program and is a member of the Institute for New Economic Thinking’s Taskforce. He is also an adjunct professor at the UBA and at the University of La Plata and directs the Journal of Globalization and Development.
In the midst of the negotiations that Guzmán is carrying out with the IMF, in search of longer terms for the payment of the 45 billion dollar debt that that organization granted to the country during the last months of Mauricio Macri’s administration, The Minister received an important gesture of support from the Pope at their last meeting in Rome, on April 14.
Guzmán’s relationship with the Nobel Prize in Economics Joseph Stiglitz, the favorite of Vice President Cristina Kirchner and with a good relationship with Francisco, also attracted the attention of the leaders of the Frente de Todos.
Guzmán has been a disciple of the Nobel Prize in Economics since, in 2012, he began to study Stiglitz’s papers on macroenonomy and public debt. The American was always critical of the policy recommendations of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and openly praised Cristina Kirchner even in the worst moments of the 2011-2015 administration.
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