PARAGUAY | Industry and commerce minister interview

Jul 1, 2014

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Gustavo Leite has headed the Ministry of Industry and Commerce in Paraguay since the election of a new government last year.

Before joining the Cartes team, he had government experience under president Raúl Cubas in the late 1990s (within the planning secretariat) and took part in preparing the 1998-2003 government development plan.

He was trained in business administration and marketing at UCLA and in Glasgow, and worked in Paraguay with Santander and SGS as a consultant.

In this interview, he reflects on the opening of the Paraguayan economy in the global context.

LF: What sectors are your priorities as Minister of Industry and Commerce?

GL: Paraguay is the eighth-largest exporter of beef in the world. We have just reached an agreement with the private sector to jump to the fifth place by 2020. This means we will take over Canada, Uruguay and New Zealand.

We already surpassed Argentina recently because...

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