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In September, ACYPL sent a 7-member delegation to Argentina, which included visits to the provinces of Salta and Jujuy, as well as Buenos Aires. The delegation was comprised of two state legislature members from Kansas and Missouri respectively, political and non-profit staff members, and private sector employees. ACYPL was proud to partner with the Fundación Universitaria del Río de la Plata (FURP) on this exchange.
The exchange began with a briefing day in Washington, DC and included meetings with the US Department of State and the Embassy of Argentina. Both meetings proved useful in giving the delegation extensive background on the state of both the US-Argentina bilateral relationship and domestic Argentine politics.
The delegation began their visit to Argentina in Salta, in the far northwest of the country. There, the delegation was fortunate enough to meet with the Governor of Salta, Juan Manuel Urtubey, as well as various members of the Salta Provincial Chamber of Deputies and representatives from the Argentine federal system. In addition, the group had the opportunity to take in one of Argentina’s most famous vineyards, Piatelli Family Winery.
The delegation then spent two days in San Salvador de Jujuy, the capital of Jujuy province. The group had dinner with the Mayor of San Salvador de Jujuy, met with members of the Jujuy Provincial Chamber of Deputies, and met with both the Governor and Vice-Governor of Jujuy Province. The delegation also had time to explore Purmamarca National Park and attend a university lecture on one of Argentina’s most polarizing political figures, Milagro Sala.
The delegation ended their exchange in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires. The delegation had incredible access in Buenos Aires and met with some leading figures in Argentine politics. These meetings included former President Eduardo Duhalde and opposition leader and leading politician Sergio Massa. They participated in a roundtable discussion with members of the Argentina National Chamber of Deputies to discuss the impact of Venezuela’s political situation on the Americas. Other meeting highlights included the US Embassy, PRO-Cambiemos party headquarters, Public Media Secretary Jorge Sigal, and FURP president Luis Rosales.
Despite the many meetings, the delegation also had time experience some of Argentina’s wonderful culture. The delegation attended a tango show, met with leaders and toured the Barrio 31 neighborhood, and toured one of the most famous soccer stadiums in the world, La Bombonera. In all, the delegation had a wonderful experience and as one delegate admitted, “I have never been to Argentina so I did not have any negative or positive perceptions of the country or its people. However, I must admit that after this trip I will always have fond memories of Argentina.” ACYPL looks forward to continuing its’ bilateral exchanges in Argentina and continuing to build a great relationship with the Fundación Universitaria del Río de la Plata.