A little after 14.00. The main topic of the these speeches: “Resources as agents of change”

María Laura Santillán – Journalist and TV Presenter- introduces the topic and introduced the invited people giving the next speeches. What are the resources we have in the region of South America? How can we stimulate them? What is the role of the state when we talk about resources, and what changes need to be done to improve the recent situation. From my point of view, most of these questions, María Laura left open to be answered by the speakers, stayed unanswered. Nevertheless the speeches were interesting.

José Lino Salvador Barañao – Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Argentina

The common slides on how energy consumption per person grew, and will grow, were the beginning of José’s Speech. Followed by numbers of the global and regional amount of resources compared to the demand and future tendencies how this will cause problems. The thematic of renewable energy has been handled quite short, saying that until now, it has not been developed anything that could substitute the energy sources oil, gas, and coal. Honestly, personally I was missing here the illustration of the importance of the big goals. Although Argentina has natural resources and therefore potential it can use and has to improve its market and logistic in this segment, I was missing a certain encouragement to look further and at least not ignore the topic of renewable energy. Didn’t we just here in other speeches something about big visions, and long term thinking?

Aníbal Borderes – President, Toyota Argentina

-Human capital is the only resource which we have to develop and cannot buy-

Concentrating on Human capital can bring success to a company. The key to success in Aníbal’s opinion is, always respect the employees, to be passionate about and consistent with the strategy used in a firm, and believe in what you do. He illustrated this by talking about how a Japanese company has to be very respectful with its human capital in subsidies in other countries. In the selection of human capital he recommends to concentrate on the selection on the capacity and character of the people and to invest highly in the training of the employees inside the company. Again he illustrated it with the case of Toyota, saying that, when they came to Argentina, they did not take employees from the automotive industry but selected “good” people and then trained them. Again I was hoping for more information and less marketing of the firm, although he assured that doing this was not his attention.