Buenos aires – Gicarg http://gicarg.org/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 02:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://gicarg.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-105x105.png Buenos aires – Gicarg http://gicarg.org/ 32 32 Argentina: Federal Public Awareness Campaign on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Prevention https://gicarg.org/argentina-federal-public-awareness-campaign-on-cybersecurity-and-cybercrime-prevention/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 02:00:00 +0000 https://gicarg.org/argentina-federal-public-awareness-campaign-on-cybersecurity-and-cybercrime-prevention/ In short On November 1, 2022, the Department of National Security (“Department”) approved the Model Membership and Model Framework Agreement for the federal “STOP. THINK. RELATE. Argentina — a public awareness campaign on cybersecurity and the prevention of cybercrime (“Campaign”). The ministry invited the provinces and the city of Buenos Aires to join the campaign. […]]]>

In short

On November 1, 2022, the Department of National Security (“Department”) approved the Model Membership and Model Framework Agreement for the federal “STOP. THINK. RELATE. Argentina — a public awareness campaign on cybersecurity and the prevention of cybercrime (“Campaign”). The ministry invited the provinces and the city of Buenos Aires to join the campaign.

The main objective of the initiative is to generate, disseminate and implement materials, training and best practices to raise awareness of cybersecurity and cybercrime.


On point

The models mentioned, approved by Resolution No. 731 of November 1, 2022, are part of the collaboration agreement signed by the Ministry and STOP. THINK. RELATE. Messaging Convention Inc., through which the Department joined the global STOP cybersecurity awareness campaign. THINK. CONNECT.’, created in 2010 by the alliance of non-profit organizations Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) and National Cyber ​​Security Alliance (NCSA).

This global initiative is supported by more than 850 public agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities and private sector companies from several countries.

The ministry will lead and coordinate the campaign, raising awareness of cybersecurity, associated risks and threats, and providing strategies so that Argentine citizens have tools to strengthen security through the use of technological tools and Internet.

In accordance with the proposed framework agreement, the ministry agrees to provide strategic guidance, materials and content in Spanish for the dissemination of the campaign.

As for the adhering entities, among other actions, they undertake to:

  • Act as a curator of material provided, sharing any improvements to campaign material.
  • Develop and communicate to the Ministry a six-monthly calendar of public activities to be carried out for the execution of the Campaign.
  • Share information related to the issues addressed in each activity and identify new issues to be resolved.

Entities that join the Campaign must designate a person to liaise with the Ministry within 30 days of signing the proposed framework agreement.

Link to the Spanish version here.

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Buenos Aires Weather | President’s health scare overshadows progress at G20 summit https://gicarg.org/buenos-aires-weather-presidents-health-scare-overshadows-progress-at-g20-summit/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 22:49:44 +0000 https://gicarg.org/buenos-aires-weather-presidents-health-scare-overshadows-progress-at-g20-summit/ Alberto Fernandez greeted Indonesian President Joko Widodo and posed for the first photo to officially launch Argentina’s participation in the G20 Leaders’ Summit. He enters the Apurva Kempinsky Hotel, where several world leaders are already present, and greets the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen; Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard; Russian Foreign […]]]>

Alberto Fernandez greeted Indonesian President Joko Widodo and posed for the first photo to officially launch Argentina’s participation in the G20 Leaders’ Summit. He enters the Apurva Kempinsky Hotel, where several world leaders are already present, and greets the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen; Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard; Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov; and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. He also exchanged words with IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva, but when he chatted with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, he felt his blood pressure drop.

“I thought you fell asleep but you kept talking,” the Spanish leader later told the president about the decompensation he suffered, for which he had to be taken to hospital in Bali.

Alberto Fernández admits that he has had a problem with erosive gastritis for a long time, which he solves with Uvasal whenever he feels a burning sensation in his stomach. “I felt a drop in pressure,” he told the doctor accompanying him in the delegation that arrived in Indonesia on Monday afternoon local time.

At the time, he was alone with Walter Kerr, his translator. Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero and Economy Minister Sergio Massa were waiting for him in the meeting room where the president was to deliver his first speech. He has not arrived. When officials decided to ask what was going on, the episode was explained. As per protocol, Cafiero stepped in to read the Peronist leader’s speech.

Fernández arrived at the hospital by ambulance. There he underwent an endoscopy and blood tests. The doctor who accompanied him, Manuel Estigarribia, closely monitored his condition. Reviewing the medical episode of the president, Massa detailed the intimacy of the exchanges within the entourage. At breakfast, as they were chatting, the economy minister touched the president’s arm and noticed that it was cold and clammy. “Are you doing OK?” He asked him. The president replied that he was, and they left in separate cars for the summit.

In the end, the head of state had to suspend four activities planned for Tuesday: the two sessions during which he was to speak, a lunch with world leaders and a dinner. Nevertheless, he decided to leave the hospital and go straight to the bilateral meeting with Chinese Premier Xi Jinping. There were important announcements to be made and he could not delay them: Argentina had obtained a currency swap extension for $5 billion and China’s commitment to disburse, before the end of the year, the debt it owed for the construction of the Néstor Kirchner and Jorge Cepernic dams in the province of Santa Cruz.

At the end of the meeting, which lasted 20 minutes, the president went to the hotel where he is staying. Upon arrival, he spoke to reporters covering the tour, then returned to his room to rest. “I’m fine, I’m working well,” Fernández said. In the meantime, he spoke with his partner Fabiola Yáñez. It was Julio Vitobello, the presidential chief of staff, who told the first lady what was happening, a few minutes before the publication of the first medical report.

The most salient political fact of this episode is that, thanks to his turn, the president has renewed the dialogue with his vice-president. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner called him when she found out what was going on. They had not spoken since September 2, when the head of state visited him in his apartment, the day after the failed assassination attempt.

Tuesday evening, the Head of State dined in his room while his entourage ate at the El Patio restaurant in the hotel where they stayed. The first to sit at the table were Vitobello, followed by Cafiero, Juan Manuel Olmos, Gabriela Cerruti, Jorge Argüello and Energy Secretary Flavia Royón. Massa joined them later. Fernández did not leave his room, as instructed by the Presidential Medical Unit.

On Wednesday, the second and last day of the summit, Fernández decided to keep the meetings with Kristalina Georgieva and Pedro Sanchez on the agenda. However, Cafiero and Massa attended a meeting with representatives of Saudi Arabia and another meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

A few hours later, the team left Bali for a stopover in Madrid, Spain, before returning to Buenos Aires. The president’s state of health, while complicating plans, has not altered the flight schedule, nor has it prevented a satisfying overseas jaunt for Argentina’s foreign service.

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Buenos Aires Weather | Latin America slips out of America’s orbit https://gicarg.org/buenos-aires-weather-latin-america-slips-out-of-americas-orbit/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 09:00:10 +0000 https://gicarg.org/buenos-aires-weather-latin-america-slips-out-of-americas-orbit/ In mid-October last year, the Chilean government awarded a $205 million contract to a Sino-German joint venture to produce the country’s IDs and passports over the next decade. A few days later, the US Department of Homeland Security showed up. In mid-November, the contract was canceled. This turn of events barely reaches Cold War levels […]]]>

In mid-October last year, the Chilean government awarded a $205 million contract to a Sino-German joint venture to produce the country’s IDs and passports over the next decade. A few days later, the US Department of Homeland Security showed up. In mid-November, the contract was canceled.

This turn of events barely reaches Cold War levels of American interference. It has been 20 years since the United States supported a coup in Latin America. Still, the canceled passport contract offers a clue to how uncomfortable the United States has become with China’s growing involvement in what it has long considered its backyard.

DHS officials were in Santiago just to “assess the country’s eligibility and permanence in the Visa Waiver Program.” Chile is the only country in Latin America to benefit from this privilege. Staying on the program, however, would obviously be difficult if China had access to Chileans’ passport data.

“There is a high probability that the visa waiver program with the United States – and probably with Canada – will end” if Chile continues the contract with the Chinese-led consortium, acknowledged the director of the marital status by declaring the contract cancelled.

Carlos Ominami, who was Minister of Finance in the early 1990s, in the first democratic government after nearly three decades of US-backed dictatorship, could not fail to remark: “The pressure from the United States has begun”, he told me.

Washington’s unease with China’s incursions into the Western Hemisphere has been apparent for some time. In March, the Senate held a hearing on China’s influence in the region. “The Chinese Communist Party is actively exporting its governance model across the hemisphere,” Senator Marco Rubio warned at the time.

The skirmish over Chilean passports comes after Washington also played a role in Chile’s decision to cancel a plan for China’s Huawei to build a trans-Pacific submarine cable to link Valparaíso to Shanghai, ultimately opting for the Valparaíso route -Sydney offered by BW based in Singapore. Digital. American fears have also erupted over Argentina’s decision to let China build its new $8 billion nuclear power plant, Atucha III.

The problem for the United States, as it carves out territory, hoping to pull Latin America to its side in its standoff against the new geostrategic rival, is that much of the region has slipped out from its orbit.

The newfound attention from its northern neighbor comes as a bit of a surprise for a region that – for better and for worse – was largely neglected by the United States after the end of the Cold War, the start of the war on the terrorism and the Asia-Pacific region. a more dynamic economic region.

But it is not surprising that Latin American countries have looked for opportunities elsewhere. Mexico, perhaps, was too close to the United States to risk walking away from it, bound by ties built over 30 years of Nafta. Almost every other country in the region viewed China, with its wads of cash and thirst for raw materials, as a godsend.

In 2019, before the Covid pandemic hit, Brazilian exports to China were $63 billion, more than double its exports to the United States, according to World Bank data. Measured in dollars, China absorbed 65% more exports from Argentina than the United States, and 83% more Chilean products.

While US investment in the region is still significantly higher, China is making up for lost ground. Since 2010, Chinese companies have invested $64 billion in Brazil, $25 billion in Peru, $16 billion in Chile and $11 billion in Argentina, according to the China Global Investment Tracker maintained by the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation. And they’re building — and financing — infrastructure from the Bogotá metro to South America’s largest solar power plant in Jujuy, northern Argentina.

This position is not entirely comfortable for Latin American countries. Being courted by both Washington and Beijing means they will inevitably disappoint one or the other. And while they value Chinese economic ties, they have little interest in being part of a pro-China bloc. “We are closer to the United States in terms of human rights and military issues,” Ominami said. Indeed, the top military brass from Latin America have all come to the United States for training.

New ties with China raise other tricky risks. On the one hand, China no longer buys as much copper and iron ore and soybeans as before. If his economy continues to slow, he is likely to buy less. On the other hand, if China continues to buy raw materials on a large scale, it will complicate the perennial, still slightly out of reach regional goal of developing a sophisticated industrial economy.

Massive commodity exports to the Asian giant have already hampered the development of a manufacturing base. They supported the currencies of the region and hampered their industrial competitiveness.

For example, the share of raw materials in Brazil’s exports rose from a quarter to about a half between 2000 and 2019, according to World Bank data, even as the share of manufacturing rose from almost 60 % to less than a third.

Since 2003, roughly when exports to China began to boom, Brazil’s value added in manufacturing has fallen from 15% to 10% of gross domestic product. The challenge is similar in most of South America. The added value of the manufacturing sector fell from 15% to 9% of GDP in Chile and from 23% to 17% in Argentina.

But if managing China and the United States will not be a walk in the park for Latin American nations, the situation also poses the thorny question in Washington: how to react?

A good starting point would be for the United States to reconnect with its neighbors in the Western Hemisphere, offering an alternative to the Chinese opportunity in terms of trade and investment. Latin American countries seem natural candidates to host some of the value chains that US policymakers want to wrest from China. But just as Beijing has greased its connections by offering to fund infrastructure investment from Patagonia to the Atacama Desert, Washington must offer real carrots — financing, market access — if it hopes to reshape globalization to its advantage.

The question is whether the United States can deliver. A Biden administration that appears to be committed to no longer making trade deals that improve access to the U.S. market is entering the fray with its hands tied.

* Eduardo Porter is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering Latin America, US economic policy and immigration.

by Eduardo Porter*, Bloomberg

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Sam Bankman-Fried is ‘under surveillance’ in the Bahamas and seeks to flee to Dubai https://gicarg.org/sam-bankman-fried-is-under-surveillance-in-the-bahamas-and-seeks-to-flee-to-dubai/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 23:31:51 +0000 https://gicarg.org/sam-bankman-fried-is-under-surveillance-in-the-bahamas-and-seeks-to-flee-to-dubai/ Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, co-founder Gary Wang and engineering director Nishad Singh are believed to be in the Bahamas and “under surveillance” by local authorities. The source familiar with the matter told Cointelegraph that the three former FTX executives, along with Alameda Research CEO Caroline Ellison, were looking for ways to flee to Dubai, […]]]>

Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, co-founder Gary Wang and engineering director Nishad Singh are believed to be in the Bahamas and “under surveillance” by local authorities.

The source familiar with the matter told Cointelegraph that the three former FTX executives, along with Alameda Research CEO Caroline Ellison, were looking for ways to flee to Dubai, which “does not have extradition treaties” – probably in reference to the United States. states.

“At the moment three of them, Sam, Gary and Nishad are under surveillance in the Bahamas. Which means it will be difficult for them to leave,” a source familiar with the matter told Cointelegraph.

“I just heard they were trying to find a way to get to Dubai, which doesn’t have an extradition treaty.”

The source also revealed that Ellison is currently in Hong Kong, “so maybe she could go to Dubai.”

A similar theory has been discussed as part of a 16-hour Twitter space hosted by Mario Nawfal, with a guest speaker saying ‘reliable sources’ witnessed Bankman-Fried ‘in a locked space’ with authorities at Albany Tower – a complex luxury property located in New Providence in The Bahamas.

An unverified rumor also suggests that Bankman-Fried is currently joined by his father, Joseph Bankman.

Rumors that Bankman-Fried had been arrested on the tarmac at the Bahamas airport made the rounds on Nov. 10 with evidence suggesting that Bankman-Fried’s private jet had been grounded for 40 minutes while on its way to Miami from Nassau.

On Nov. 12, rumors then surfaced that Bankman-Fried had landed in Buenos Aires in the early hours of the day, after Twitter users tracked the coordinates of his private jet using the flight tracking website. ADS-B Exchange.

Later that day, Bankman-Fried in a text message to Reuters denied speculation that he had fled to Argentina, saying he was still in the Bahamas.

Related: FTX Reportedly Hacked as Officials Report Abnormal Wallet Activity

The former FTX CEO is at the center of one of the industry’s biggest scandals.

A November 9 Wall Street Journal report suggested that the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating the collapse of the crypto exchange.

The state of California’s Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) announced Nov. 10 that it would open an investigation into the “apparent failure” of the exchange.

Around 130 FTX Group companies, including FTX Trading, FTX US and Alameda Research, filed for bankruptcy on November 11.