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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