Chinese President comes to launch the largest foreign investment in Argentina.
China will invest USD 4,714 million to build the mega-project and another USD 2,099 s for “Belgrano Cargas”. Interest in a bi-oceanic corridor in San Juan.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will arrive in the country on July 19 to kick off the largest Chinese investment abroad : the construction of dams santacruceñas Jorge Néstor Kirchner and Cepernic . They also speed up the modernization of the Belgrano charges , the other work of interest to the Asian power . The fifteen additional projects that Argentina hoped to excite the Chinese will wait.
This was made clear Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to President Cristina Fernandez and ministers with whom he met during his visit to the country. They are not insignificant investments , totaling USD 6,800 million. But for now , there will be more .
On Wednesday, Wang and Hector Timerman foreign ministers outlined the agenda for Xi , which hit the country after attending the summit of BRIC countries Brazil, on July 15 , and will be one day, as reported by The Chronicle on 1 this month. The start of construction of dams santacruceñas was on top of Chinese priorities. That country will USD 4,714 million that the work is valued . This is an unprecedented outlay for the Chinese in a third country and , at the same time , the most expensive work conceived Kirchner . Possibly , Xi and Cristina involved a kind of foundation stone laying by videoconference.
A consortium composed Electroingeniería , Osvaldo Acosta company and Gerardo Ferreyra, and carry forward the Chinese Gezhouba dam construction . 100% financing is awarded the China Development Bank (CDB ), providing a 15 -year LIBOR rate plus 3.8%. Sinosure insurance is involved in the credit.
Financial negotiations are dilated and still in its final stages . In late March , a delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce in the country finalized meetings with officials and businessmen early May and sent will reach the Chinese Ministry of Finance and Economy . Ministers of Economy and Planning , Axel Kicillof Julio De Vido , also traveled to China to define the details of the agreement.
The first disbursement of money, between USD 400 and USD 500 million , scheduled for May , but was delayed . XI ‘s visit , understand sources involved in the negotiations, should expedite the arrival of currencies , which swell the reserves of the Central Bank. In total , they come between u USD 3,800 and 3,900 million to the country ; the rest will be used to buy turbines in China.
The Belgrano Cargo is the other major priority of the Chinese government. There too the CDB financed much of the work, although the Argentine State shall provide s about USD 200 million. In this case , the CBD provides a loan of USD 2,099 million to 7.1 % , and a 15 year term . Of that money , USD 1,235 million will go to work (and therefore enter the country ) and the rest to buy cars and locomotives from China. The Belgrano charges is of strategic importance to China: it looks like the gateway to the port of raw materials to purchase to Argentina .
Similarly , a work in which the Chinese mildly put the eye is the bi-oceanic corridor Agua Negra , in San Juan , which would open a goods issue for the Pacific. The Binational Entity Agua Negra tunnel ( Ebitan ) should announce in the coming weeks what consortia are finalists in the bidding for the work, valued at USD 1,275 billions . Of the 22 consortia that were submitted to the competition, there are four Chinese involvement with China Railway 18th Bureau , China Communication Construction Company, China Railway Construction ( in partnership with Electroingeniería ) and Sinohydro .
To 2013 , De Vido and Kicillof traveled to China to present another 15 investment projects by some USD 19.000 million. But Wang made it clear that , for now , must wait .