Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra implicitly admitted to an unsatisfactory relationship the next day when she blamed the previous governments for shortfalls. No wonder Macri minimised his stay in Brazil to hasten back home for his 58th birthday celebrations in San Martín de los Andes.
Macri was replaced as the Argentine face this year by Dujovne, accompanied by Foreign, Production and Education Ministers Susana Malcorra, Francisco Cabrera and Esteban Bullrich, as well as Central Bank Governor Federico Sturzenegger. The quest for investment is eternal but this time it seemed more geared to international monetary organisms with the International Monetary Fund's Christine Lagarde and the BID Inter- American Development's Luis Alberto Moreno billed as the big meetings.
The low-key tone of this agreement may well have been prompted by an accident-prone September — the agreement between Duncan and Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra (then still in pursuit of the top job at the United Nations) accompanying the Business and Investment Forum here, which ran into local flak, and Macri's extraordinary gaffe at the UN General Assembly when he claimed to have coaxed Malvinas sovereignty talks out of the new British Prime Minister Theresa May during a five-minute encounter in a corridor.