The Máximo school, located in the populous municipality of San Miguel, was inaugurated in 1931 by order of the Holy See for religious and educational activities and has always belonged to the Society of Jesus. Jorge Bergoglio studied theology there and is remembered above all in the wing of what used to be his library, called the “Pope’s library”. With time and the crisis, part of the religious activities have moved to Córdoba and in agreement with the municipality of San Miguel, different structures of the Colegio Máximo are being used for what is a sui generis training center. The mayor, Jaime Méndez, 49, who took office for the first time in 2019 and belongs to the Pro, has instructed Juan Cabrera, undersecretary for the Knowledge Economy, to create a technological hub. There was an exchange with cities like Rafaela and Tandil, but they realized that the needs were different for a San Miguel, a party with four towns, 320,000 inhabitants, and that it is a reference for other parties in the periphery. Most of the activity is commercial, manifested in all sizes and with curiosities such as the local Frávega of the place which is the best selling in the whole country.
They set up a dialogue table and have joined Digital House, UTN, Telefónica Foundation, chambers of the knowledge economy such as Argencon, Cessi. And they have been advised by the organization La Ciudad Posible, which facilitates urban and territorial regeneration processes and incubates initiatives. In this way, articulated according to the needs of the place, they have designed very targeted short courses for the activity of San Miguel which has 10,000 companies. The students are bricklayers, electricians, delivery workers and numerous small tradesmen. The average age is 30 and the common goal is to “reinvent themselves”. There are already 6,000 people, most of them with scholarships for intensive courses ranging from programming, to marketing, to network positioning strategies, to data management, just to name a few.
When in 2001 Arthur Andersen fell the largest audit network in the worldIn turn, driven by the bankruptcy of the energy giant Enron, two accountants of Arthur Andersen’s Argentina branch, Pablo San Martín and Rubén Suárez, decided to start SMS on their own. The first to serve customers in the region. But they quickly sensed that more demanding protocols needed to be adopted and became the only firm, based in the country, to be admitted as a full member of the Forum of Firms, an independent committee of IFAC (International Federation of Accountants ), which brings together the world’s auditors who work according to international auditing and quality control standards. Since then they have started to build their network of correspondents and today they have 60 offices in 21 countries of the region and 2,800 professionals. The news is that they have just landed in the US with an office in Dallas to serve the Latino community. And suddenly they have become a strong exporter of services from Buenos Aires. This is how they control, pay salaries, do accounting and consultancy, all within the region. They have 650 professionals and are constantly looking for new talent. They also intervene in commercial transactions in purchase and sale contracts. San Martín says interest in the country has returned: “For those who tolerate risk, Argentina is a unique opportunity.”
The Profertil factory is located in Ingeniero White and has been for 21 years, producer of urea, the fertilizer that supplies nitrogen to the soil and is essential for corn and wheat crops. Profertil is the result of the marriage between YPF and the Canadian company Nutrien, who have decided to join together to produce fertilizer based on granular urea. Marcos Sabelli, who chairs it on behalf of YPF, has just joined the meeting of the International Fertilizer Association (IFA) in Prague as director. There, Sabelli said that “the annual production of 1.3 million tons of urea that Profertil brings to the country plays an essential role for producers to achieve high yields in their crops. It is a differential and consolidates Argentina’s path as a significant player in world food production”. Of course, Sabelli did not give any clues about the plant expansion project which led to disagreements with the Canadian partner who was reluctant to pay his share for an investment costing 1,300 million dollars.
Kamay Venture, the investment fund shared by Coca Cola and Arcor, keep shopping. This week it joined Colombian startup BACU which is developing disruptive solutions that allow consumers to know what and when they choose products, control stocks, optimize the payment system and the work of waiters in restaurants. a massive way to optimize costs. With the capital injection received from Kamay Ventures, the startup will enter Argentina, Chile, Peru and Mexico.
Charles Arterburn is a seasoned business journalist for News Rebeat, where he provides comprehensive coverage of the latest trends and developments in the world of finance and economics.