The Province of Buenos Aires Investment Opportunities IN BUENOS AIRES Population 15 millions of inhabitants Exports U$S 20.3 billions GDP U$S 83 billions Area 307.571 Km 2
Source: INDEC and Ministry of Economy and Production Note: Year 2008 Budget. The Argentine economy has shown strong fundamentals. For the first time in decades, Argentina enjoys sustained growth with fiscal and current account surpluses. Argentina’s Foreign Solvency Current Account and Trade Balance Surplus (U.S. million) Trade Balance Current Account Argentina’s Fiscal Solvency Gross and Financial Surplus, National Administration (% of GDP) Gross Surplus Financial Surplus
Trade between Argentina and the Republic of Korea. Million US dolar 2002 – 2007. Source: Secretaría de Promoción de Inversiones, Exportaciones y Cooperación Internacional - INDEC. Argentina – Korea: Bilateral Trade Relations
As a member of MERCOSUR, Argentina enjoys preferential access (0% of import duties) to a highly attractive market: 261 millions of consumers and joint GDP of U$S 1.840 billions in 2007 MERCOSUR + Partners in FTA´s GDP: U$S 2.343 billions Population 376 millions of inhabitants MERCOSUR GDP: U$S 1.603 billions Population 234 millions of inhabitants MERCOSUR + Venezuela GDP: U$S 1.840 billions Population 261 millions of inhabitants
Buenos Aires’ Gross Geographic Product (GGP) represents nearly 40% of Argentina’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Buenos Aires grew at an average annual rate of approximately 10% over the past four years, positioning itself among the fastest growing economies worldwide. 40% 10,4 11,3 10,0 8,5 2006 2005 2004 2003 Average 10% Buenos Aires
Exports of goods from Buenos Aires to Korea. Million US dollar 2002 – 2007. Source: Secretaría de Promoción de Inversiones, Exportaciones y Cooperación Internacional - INDEC. Exports of goods from Buenos Aires to Korea.
The economy of the Province of Buenos Aires outstands within the region. The size of Buenos Aires and its GDP are even higher than those of other countries within the region such as Uruguay, Paraguay and Ecuador. GDP current prices World ranking, US$ billions, year 2006 New Zealand Kuwait 53 54 Peru Kazakhstan 55 56 Buenos Aires Bangladesh 57 58 Vietnam Morocco 59 60 Slovakia 61 Qatar 62 103.380 96.132 93.268 77.237 76.147 65.216 60.216 57.407 54.969 52.722 Source: IMF
Province of Buenos Aires: a highly diversified economy. Source: Dirección Provincial de Estadística. Provincia de Buenos Aires. Manufacturing industry Construction 17% Agriculture, fishing and silviculture 12% 8% Others goods Real estate, rental & other business activities 25% Transport, warehousing & communications 22% Wholesale, retail & repairs 20% 17% Education, social & health services 40% Goods 60% Services Other services Financial intermediation 12% 4% 63%
Buenos Aires is, due to its volume and purchase value, Argentina’s main exporter province. The latest trends show, over the last few years, an important increase in the development of industrial manufactures Exports by groups of products (2006) 52.6% Industrial Manufactures 19.7% Farming & Livestock Manufactures 16% Fuels & Energy 11.7% Primary Products Source: INDEC. Census of Population, Households, and Housing 2001
Dynamic Small and Medium-Size Enterprises: of exporting SMEs are set up in the Province of Buenos Aires. of Argentine industrial SMEs are located in the Buenos Aires Province. of SMEs investment comes from its profit reinvestment. increase in job creation by provincial SMEs from 2004 to 2006.
30 Industrial Districts 24 Industrial Parks Several industrial clusters are located within the region to achieve competitive advantages.
The highly developed infrastructure allows the fostering of further competitiveness, at the same time that gives rise to social integration and regional trade. Buenos Aires is a platform to reach consumers all over the world. of Rail Network Airports Ports Mobile phones per habitant Internet Access Ports
School Attendance Expectations (in years) Adult Literacy Rate (+15 years) % Argentina's high education standards are similar to those in developed countries Argentina Italy Israel Brazil Chile LAC Mexico Venezuela Indonesia Colombia China Argentina Italy Israel Brazil Chile LAC Mexico Venezuela Indonesia Colombia China 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 16.4 15.7 15.6 14.6 13.4 13.1 12.5 11.7 11.5 11.5 11.2 98.4 97.2 97.1 95.7 93 92.8 91 90.9 90.4 89.7 88.6 Source: GED 2006. UNESCO
The Province of Buenos Aires has the highest level of education in Latin America . Gross tertiary education enrolment rate University Students (per 100,000 people) Source: UNESCO OECD Buenos Aires Israel Venezuela Uruguay Latin America Colombia Mexico Brazil Costa Rica 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 58 56 44 38 38 27 23 22 22 19 2.976 2.648 2.350 2.100 1.850 1.490 1.447 1.068 Buenos Aires Venezuela Uruguay Chile Peru Mexico Brazil Colombia 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08
National Public Universities set up in the Province. The Province of Buenos Aires is highly recognized for its educational standard. Students of Formal and Applied Sciences. Private Universities established in the Province. Research Professorships working in Buenos Aires’ Public Universities.
Low labor costs. The value of labor wages is noticeably lower than the regional average. Net Wages (Year 2006, New York = 100) New York (USA) Source: FAO Tokyo (Japan) Sydney (Australia) Paris (France) Milan (Italy) Seoul (Korea) Barcelona (Spain) Sao Paulo (Brazil) Santiago (Chile) Singapore Buenos Aires 100 87 80 69 67 60 48 39 29 24 18 14 13 13 11 Mexico City Bogota (Colombia) Bangkok (Thailand) Shanghai (China)
Electricity for industrial users. Year 2006 in U$S pero KWh including taxes Starting a business, cost of incorporate a new firm Year 2006 0.127 0.110 0.106 0.101 0.099 0.083 0.072 0.064 0.050 0.048 0.043 2.930 1.775 1.036 590 575 540 453 392 341 286 Spain Japan Sao Paulo (Brazil) Santiago (Chile) Mexico Bogota (Colombia) Uruguay Korea Buenos Aires France Venezuela Australia Japan Germany Mexico Chile Argentina Colombia France Brazil United States Source: Regional integration Energy Commission (CIER) Source: World Bank Data Start up costs are sensitively below the most competitive economies worldwide.
Buenos Aires provides the possibility to reach one of the places with the highest quality of life and standards of living in the whole region to businessmen and their families Quality of Living Index (Year 2006, New York = 100) Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) Montevideo (Uruguay) Buenos Aires Santiago (Chile) Monterrey (Mexico) Sao Pablo (Brazil) Quito (Ecuador) Lima (Peru) Mexico DF (Mexico) Caracas (Venezuela) Bogota (Colombia) Source: Mercer WorldWide Quality of Living Survey 2006 100 87 80 69 67 60 48 39 29 24 18
<ul><li>Significant tax exemptions </li></ul><ul><li>Access to soft loans </li></ul><ul><li>Preferential conditions in Provincial public biddings </li></ul><ul><li>Support to achieve quality certificates </li></ul>New Industrial Promotion Regime of the Province of Buenos Aires (Law 13.656) Benefits
<ul><li>Reduced fees in electricity, gas, water and communication services </li></ul><ul><li>Access to Provincial buildings and lands </li></ul>New Industrial Promotion Regime of the Province of Buenos Aires (Law 13.656) <ul><li>Governmental assistance in human resource management </li></ul>Benefits <ul><li>Benefits on rates and municipal rights </li></ul>
<ul><li>Having or setting up a company in Argentina. </li></ul><ul><li>Company’s economic activity must be contained in the Industrial Development Plan. </li></ul><ul><li>The investment project must include the installation of a new factory, the expansion or relocation of an existing one or the incorporation of a new productive process. </li></ul>New Industrial Promotion Regime of the Province of Buenos Aires (Law 13.656) Application requirements
National Regime of Promotion of Investments in Goods of The Capital and Works of Infrastructure. (Law 26.360) <ul><li>Advanced return of Value-Added Tax (VAT) </li></ul><ul><li>Accelerated amortization of capital goods in Earnings Taxes </li></ul>Benefits Other tax exemptions <ul><li>Reduction to 0% on import duty and statistical rates for the purchase of capital goods. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduction to 0% of import duty for all new goods of “extrazone”, members of Great Investment Projects . </li></ul><ul><li>Exemption, for a limited period of time, from import duties and ascertainment rates of destination and statistics for used production lines which are part of the projects. </li></ul><ul><li>VAT reduction to 10.5% for sales and imports of capital goods (manufactured), Computers and Telecommunications (manufactured and parts/ components). </li></ul>
In April 2008, the Province of Buenos Aires enacted the Law Nº 13.810 by which it adhered to the “ National Regime for Private Proposal ” and to the “ National Regime for Private-Public Association .” These regimes regulate private proposals concerning infrastructure and public procurements projects, public developments and services grants, licenses and any other contractual form regulated by Law Nº 6.021. Such proposals must be presented without any express request or call by the public administration for the presentation or development of similar projects. The requirements for the presentation are established in the decree Nº 1230/2008 enacted in July 2008. National Regime for Private Proposal National Regime to the Private Public Association
National Regime for Private Proposal National Regime to the Private Public Association If admitted by the relevant authorities, the project shall be declared of public interest and a bidding procedure will take place. In this case, the initiator will enjoy specifics advantages over its competitors, such as: <ul><li>When the difference between the initiator’s offer and the best qualified offer is lower than 5% of the latter, an equivalency of offers shall be established. </li></ul><ul><li>If this difference is higher than 5% up to 20%, the equivalency of offers shall not apply. Instead, the best qualified offeror and the initiator shall be invited to improve their offers simultaneously and in a sealed envelope. </li></ul><ul><li>Should the proposal’s author not be selected, he shall be entitled to the reimbursement of fees and expenses by the winning party for a total of 1% of the approved amount. </li></ul><ul><li>The initiator’s rights shall remain in force for a period of two years as of the proposal’s presentation. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Buenos Aires excels in multiple sectors, as diverse as our vast province. </li></ul><ul><li>Buenos Aires has created a unique business environment that allows companies to grow on the world stage. </li></ul><ul><li>To attract the best and brightest, Buenos Aires has focused its policies, business incentives and university support around key industries. </li></ul>Key Industry Sectors
Technology, Software and Computer Services Technological poles dedicated to the software industry and computer services, in which the private sector interacts with universities and provincial and national institutes. Large numbers of professionals and technicians favour the expansion with ideal communication infrastructure, relatively low-cost property availability and an extensive network of universities and scientific-technical centres. Various international companies such as IBM and HP, and an extensive network of national SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), have chosen our territory to expand their activities. Key Industry Sectors
Tourism and Real Estate There is a sustained increase of receptive tourism in the country. In 2004, it grew to 1.5 million foreign tourists and to 2.3 million in 2007. Likewise, an increase of tourists’ permanence can be observed as well as an increase in the average expenses. Clear business opportunities in the development of infrastructure associated with tourism. The Federal Strategic Plan of Sustainable Tourism promotes policies to develop domestic, receptive, and social tourism. As regards the legislation of the Province, it includes important tax bonuses for hotels (Section 10, Act No. 13.787). Key Industry Sectors
Energy A relevant topic which may bring peace of mind to those potential investors in this particular segment is the fiscal stability that the beneficiaries of this system shall have for a period of 15 or 10 years. The Government of the Province of Buenos Aires, in keeping with the world trends, considers that the energy-renewable sources are the natural alternative to solve the concerning the energetic increase demand without causing harm to the environment. Key Industry Sectors The Province of Buenos Aires possesses a diversified energetic counterfoil (thermal, hydroelectric and nuclear energy).
Agribusiness and food The clear competitive advantages of Buenos Aires offer benefits against the increasing food demand in the world The Province of Buenos Aires has historically been recognized as one of the major producers and food exporters in the world . Its soil fertility and the utilization of the highest technology place the Province of Buenos Aires among the regions of major profit per hectare in the world. Key Industry Sectors The Province of Buenos Aires has scientific high-quality human resources as can be seen in areas related to biotechnology such as biology, biochemistry, agronomy and bioengineering.
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