Marcos Hilding Ohlsson is a local representative of the San Isidro county (near Buenos Aires), and also a research fellow with the Atlas Network Partner think tank Libertad y Progreso. He will speak on the changes in Argentina's government with the recent election of Argentina's new president, Mauricio Macri. Ohlsson will discuss the new opportunities and challenges in establishing individual liberty across the country, implementing new public policy, and fighting corruption in government.
Argentina faces great challenges, from a high fiscal deficit, high inflation, low growth and high government spending, plus institutional weakness after years of populism. Yet since his first days in government, President Mauricio Macri has formed a highly qualified cabinet, stopped fighting the press, lowered export taxes, lifted exchange rate controls and is making steps toward a free market.
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Marcos Hilding Ohlsson is a local representative of the San Isidro county (near Buenos Aires), and also a research fellow with the Atlas Network Partner think tank Libertad y Progreso. Ohlsson has a master's degree in International Economics from Sweden and is a university professor of International Economics to graduate level students in the ESEADE program. His main areas of research are in poverty reduction, economic freedom, and political reform. He has written several papers on poverty reduction and published several articles in the main newspapers in Argentina. He is an activist for economic and political freedom and has spoken at conferences in Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Spain, Guatemala, the United States, and in several provinces of Argentina. Ohlsson also served as a missionary in South Africa for six months, and has served in many poor areas in Argentina. He has been a leading advocate in freedom of press, and against government intervention in private pension funds. Ohlsson is a member of several political groups, such as RAP, Nuevas Generaciones, Pasando la Antorcha, and works closely with several think tanks, NGOs, and Christian leaders.