Argentina is the sixth largest recipient of FDI inflows in South America; FDI inflows reached USD6.6 billion in 2014.
Argentina ranked 121st in the World Bank's 2016 Doing Business rankings, falling four places from 117th in the year prior. Argentina's best rankings were in the Enforcing Contracts and Protecting Minority Investors categories, where it ranked 38th and 49th in the world, respectively. Its lowest rankings were in Dealing with Construction Permits and Paying Taxes, where it ranked 173rd and 170th in the world.
Key facts about starting a business in Argentina:
Argentina's attractiveness as an investment location can be attributed to a number of factors, including its highly qualified labour force and large reserves of minerals and precious metals. Nevertheless, in order to make an informed decision, it is critical to understand the nuances of any local regime. The manner in which people conduct business in Argentina may differ from the home countries of investors. Furthermore, variations on these distinctions may exist depending on the region and industry in which a company operates.
Argentina's official language is Spanish, although many other languages are spoken, including English and Italian. Argentine Spanish is heavily influenced by Italian and is dissimilar to Spanish spoken elsewhere in South America. Dress codes in the workplace are typically conservative but stylish; Argentinians place high value on good appearance. A handshake is the typical business greeting. Punctuality is expected. There are no expected formalities when exchanging business cards. Gift giving is not expected as part of business interactions.
Those looking to establish a business in Argentina may look across South America for alternative options. However, Argentina can be differentiated on the following factors:
While there are significant opportunities for investment in Argentina, a number of challenges remain. The country has one of the highest inflation rates in the world providing for a challenging business environment. It also has complex import and export restrictions in place that are difficult for many businesses to navigate. Furthermore, restrictions on currency remittances continue to discourage new investment in the country.
This guide has been developed to provide businesses with an overview of Argentina, its legal regime, start-up and market entry considerations, tax and customs requirements and a general summary of the factors that may affect the decision to do business in Argentina. However, the information contained in this document is generic in nature and you should not act or rely on it without obtaining specific professional advice.
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