BUENOS AIRES – Argentina President Mauricio Macri relaunched on Tuesday the National Public Administration Institute (INAP), a training facility designed to prepare civil servants to meet the digital challenges of the 21st century as part of an overall goal to modernize the government.
“We face a world where things are improving every day. We must keep evolving to stay on top of what’s happening, working faster with more teamwork in both the public and private sectors,” Macri said at the presentation of the new INAP, founded 40 years ago within the Kirchner Cultural Center in Buenos Aires.
Macri said the institute’s virtual platform is something “marvelous” that will allow government employees to get their training at home and acquire more tools for a world “in which we have no idea where the challenges will end.”
“But we do know that with a third of the population beneath the poverty line, and with the levels of under-employment that Argentina has, we need dynamism,” particularly between the public and private sectors, the president said.
Macri noted that the virtual school will place the South American nation squarely in the 21st century, and said that this modernization, transparency and “improvement in both quality and capabilities” must reach every province and every neighborhood.
The president also said the government’s basic commitment is to reduce poverty, and that can only be achieved by developing the country and creating jobs.
Macri also referred to the critical economic situation in the southern province of Santa Cruz, cradle of Kirchnerism, where several people were injured this weekend in clashes between police and demonstrators who had surrounded the home of Gov. Alicia Kirchner, sister-in-law of former President Cristina Kirchner, both of whom were inside.
“Seeing what happened in Santa Cruz, we must distance the image of the state, which sometimes has the air of a den of criminals, from our policies,” President Macri said.