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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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Foreword and acknowledgements

Following the 2001-02 Argentinian crisis, the Province of Córdoba experienced sustained economic growth and widespread improvements in the standard of living of its citizens. However, the provincial economy is currently at a pivotal point due to its high reliance on a few trading partners and products, as well as the economic downturn following the 2008-09 financial crisis and the fall in commodity prices. To some extent, Córdoba is still holding on to a map that served its economy well in the past but no longer shows a promising direction. Its challenges and opportunities are the same as those found in many OECD regions, and a renewed approach to regional development is needed.

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