Javier Milei Cozying Up To Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg And Other Tech Titans As He Seeks To Build Hype For His Economic Reforms In Argentina


In a strategic move to bolster Argentina’s economic prospects, President Javier Milei is embarking on a significant visit to California. The agenda includes high-profile meetings with tech industry leaders, aiming to draw attention to Argentina’s tech sector and the president’s economic reform initiatives.

What Happened: Milei, a libertarian and staunch supporter of Bitcoin, aims to promote Argentina’s tech sector and his economic reforms with this visit, The Financial Times reported on Tuesday. This marks Milei’s fourth U.S. visit in five months and is part of his efforts to showcase Argentina on the global stage.

The libertarian leader’s trip, spanning Tuesday to Friday, will include meetings with CEOs such as Google‘s GOOGL GOOG Sundar Pichai and Meta’s META Mark Zuckerberg., Apple Inc.‘S AAPLTim Cook and OpenAI’s Sam Altman.

Despite political turbulence back home, including the resignation of his cabinet chief, Milei continues to seek international attention. His extensive travel has raised both interest and criticism, with some questioning the benefits of his global fame for Argentina.

With the country facing severe economic challenges, including a 289% inflation rate in April, Milei has implemented austerity measures. However, he faces difficulties in passing long-term reforms due to a lack of support in Congress.

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During his travels, Milei has also been building relationships with influential figures like Tesla Inc. TSLA CEO Elon Musk, though no new investments have been announced following their discussions on Argentina’s lithium reserves.

Investors remain cautious, waiting for clarity on Argentina’s investment climate and Milei’s plans for the country’s currency controls and potential dollarization. The president’s international engagements continue to be a subject of debate among Argentines and political analysts.

Why It Matters: President Milei’s international outreach, including his recent discussion with Elon Musk, highlights his commitment to cutting red tape and stimulating economic growth. His interest in tech giants and potential investments in Argentina’s tech sector is a strategic move to pivot the country towards a more innovation-driven economy.

Following his meeting with Musk, Milei’s engagement with other tech leaders like Zuckerberg, underscores the importance of technology in Argentina’s economic reform agenda.

Amid domestic challenges, such as the 24-hour strike that underscored the urgency of Milei’s economic policies, the president’s focus on international collaboration is crucial.

Moreover, Argentina recently sought guidance from El Salvador to adopt Bitcoin in the country.

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