As Javier Milei prepares to step into his role as the newly elected President of Argentina, he confirms the continuation of Marco Lavagna as the head of the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INDEC). Milei's administration is working on a project to emancipate INDEC from the Ministry of Economy, aiming to establish it as an autonomous body, free from political influence.
Lavagna to Continue Leading INDEC
Marco Lavagna, a seasoned economist from the Catholic University of Argentina, has been leading INDEC since 2019. His robust background in both the public and private sectors, including his term as a national deputy for Buenos Aires City and his tenure as the director of the consultancy firm Ecolatina, allows him to bring a wealth of expertise and understanding to his role.
However, Lavagna's tenure at INDEC has not been without controversy. Earlier this year, he faced criticism for postponing the publication of April's Consumer Price Index (CPI) data to May 15th to comply with an electoral ban. This decision, which was later reverted following widespread backlash, was viewed by many as an attempt to obscure inflation data, echoing manipulations under the Kirchner administrations that Lavagna had previously criticized.
The decision to grant INDEC autonomy and self-sufficiency signals a shift towards a state policy that removes the institution from the political sphere, transforming it into a purely technical body. This move aims to uphold the integrity and impartiality of INDEC, ensuring that its operations and outputs are not swayed by political agendas.
Elon Musk Congratulates Milei
In another development, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has reached out to President-elect Javier Milei. Musk congratulated Milei on his election victory and expressed his interest in collaborating on the defense of the principles of freedom. He also conveyed his intention to travel to Argentina to meet Milei personally, indicating a potential strengthening of ties between Argentina and Musk's various enterprises.