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President Milei and Elon Musk to speak at libertarian forum in Buenos Aires

President Javier Milei and billionaire businessman Elon Musk (by videoconference) to speak at event organised by Fundación Libertad y Progreso and the Cato Institute.

On the day Argentina's government faces a crunch test for its sweeping 'Ley de Bases' mega reform bill in the Senate, President Javier Milei will headline a libertarian forum which will also be addressed by Tesla and Space X CEO Elon Musk.

Milei and Musk will attend the same event in Buenos Aires – although the South African tycoon will be involved virtually.

“The Rebirth of Freedom in Argentine and the World” forum, organised by Fundación Libertad y Progreso and American think tank CATO Institute, began on Tuesday at the Hilton Hotel in Buenos Aires. It is being broadcast by livestream on Musk's social network X.

The forum will feature addresses from national officials, liberal leaders from different countries and businesspeople. Dollarisation, globalisation, economic freedom and human rights will be some of the topics to be debated at the gatherings.

Government officials and such libertarian leaders as Alberto Benegas Lynch Jr., president of the academic council of Freedom and Progress, and Economy minister Luis Caputo will all take part on Tuesday, starting at 11.

The pièce de resistance will be at the closing of the second and last day: Elon Musk will speak from the United States by video conference and then, at 6:30 pm, it will be the turn of the leader of La Libertad Avanza, who will give his speech from the Hilton Hotel.

The President will have his address at the same time as the debate over the Bases Law in the Senate, and the demonstration by unions and social organisations around Congress against the libertarian initiative.

It will be the first time the tycoon will speak to Argentina, after having met Milei twice in the United States: in those meetings, Musk had stated his intent to invest in Argentina, driven by the reforms conceived by the libertarian administration.

Another scheduled speaker are Literature Nobel Prize Álvaro Vargas Llosa; Foreign minister Diana Mondino; presidential advisor Federico Sturzenegger; and Venezuelan opposition leader María Corina Machado; former Nicaraguan opposition presidential candidate Félix Maradiaga, among others.

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