By Carlos Madama Hernandez
Buenos Aires, Argentina
How? What is the title of this note striking? And yes, but that's not why it's so far from a reality in a country that is collapsing due to the lack of a conduit that leads the inhabitants to have a decent, dignified and orderly life._cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b- 136bad5cf58d_
Between the galloping inflation, the excessive increase in prices, everything seemed to be in its just excess, but the icing on the cake is the desperate rise in the value of the dollar with respect to the peso.
At the time of writing this report, Argentines would have to shell out around 340 pesos to obtain a dollar bill and by projecting and converting with the salaries of the most common jobs, we concluded that a medical professional would be receiving about 390 dollars for his work in pursuit of the health of his patients with the Hippocratic Oath included. A policeman, in charge of the security of the population at a terrible time in terms of increased crime, assaults, murders, rapes and other weeds, would have a salary of 354 dollars._cc781905-5cde -3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_
A teacher, responsible for education and training for the future of the country, would have an approximate salary of 243 dollars.
The average salary of Argentines, doing the equivalence, would be around 156 dollars, while the minimum salary would be 133 dollars. Finally, and not to go digging further, you could quote the salary that a retiree would have, after almost 50 years of work with the corresponding contributions. The same would be 110 dollars. A shame whichever way you look at it.
According to the HR Tech Jobint regional report on the labor market, the average required salary in Argentina is the lowest in the region.
And perhaps all this introduction serves to exemplify that any citizen of any of the countries in the world could come to vacation in Argentina due to the continuous devaluations of the currency. And the explanation is very easy and lies precisely in the immense difference that exists between one silver and the other.
Coming to Argentina with dollar bills is the same as vacations being practically free. With an official dollar lying and unattainable by the government bureaucracy, buying and selling on the streets of the city has become a custom among tourists and those who travel especially to do their monetary business.
What for nationals it is impossible to buy because of their low income, for tourists it is trifle. Perhaps for this reason it is also explained why the planes arrive at the Ezeiza international airport with their full capacity and those that take flight leave only occupied by those who return to their distant homes with the warehouses full of things that for those of us here are impossible.
That is also why the high percentage of visits to tourist places such as the Iguazú Falls, Ushuaia, Salta, the Perito Moreno Glacier and even the Federal Capital itself, with restaurants full of strange voices and laughs of satisfaction that in other times they were ours.