The Argentine Government launches a reference price program for the beginning of the school year


BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – The Argentine Government presented the ‘Back to school’ program that establishes a national reference price in a series of school supplies for the beginning of the school year in March.

“The program seeks to generate reference prices on sensitive products,” said the Minister of Productive Development, Matías Kulfas, during a press conference this February 3.

The program offers three different listings with utensils and clothing, footwear or backpacks that can be purchased until March 31.
Supermarkets will also make available a selection of 10 items that will be around 500 pesos (eight dollars).

Supermarket chains, accessory stores and independent bookstores participate in this agreement, which is implemented throughout Argentina.

“It was a very thorough work together that with these prices will allow us to establish references when making purchases,” said the Secretary of Internal Trade, Paula Español.

This program is part of the Price Care initiative, a policy that this year includes 310 items in the basic basket at prices agreed in advance.

Care Prices, adopted in January 2014 by the Government of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (2007-2015) went from having 194 to almost 500 products at the end of its management, a number that remained with some variations during the period in which Mauricio ruled Macri (2015-2019).

The program is carried out at the request of an agreement between the marketing chains, suppliers and the Government.


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