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OECD Territorial Reviews: Córdoba, Argentina

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This report examines the Province of Córdoba, Argentina, and provides recommendations for the design of a regional competitiveness strategy as well as the governance structure needed to implement it. Over the past decade, Córdoba has experienced sustained economic growth and widespread improvements in the standard of living. However, the provincial economy is at a pivotal point: it is still highly reliant on traditional manufacturing and commodities, a model that may no longer be sufficient for the future. Córdoba’s challenges and opportunities are the same as those found in many OECD regions and require a renewed development strategy, one that builds on key assets and focusses on closing crucial infrastructure gaps. Investments in skills, research, and innovation are essential to propel the province into higher-value-added segments of production chains. At the same time, Córdoba needs to shift from a sectoral approach to an integrated, activity-focused strategic plan, in which the entire territory (cities and regions) becomes a platform for innovation and fosters new economic opportunities.

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Economic, social and environmental trends in Córdoba

This chapter describes recent economic, social and environmental trends in the Province of Córdoba. After the 2001-02 Argentinian crisis, Córdoba experienced sustained economic growth and widespread improvements in the standard of living but it has not fully reaped the benefits of regional competitiveness and productivity. Its challenges and opportunities are the same as those found in many OECD regions: ageing population, relatively high wages, educated workforce, solid entrepreneurial and academic traditions, but high inequalities among people and across places. Moreover, despite provincial efforts to bridge data gaps in a context where national statistics have been unreliable, opaque and misleading, much remains to be done for credible territorial statistics to effectively guide decisions. The chapter proposes recommendations to support the modernisation and strengthening of the provincial statistical infrastructure while improving some traditional statistical methods and programmes, investing in nontraditional data collection and processing methods, and setting a Smart Córdoba open data agenda.

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