On Friday (21 December), President Juan Peron made a speech outlining the reasons behind Argentina's new Three Year Plan, which will run from 1974 to 1977.
GV EXTERIOR Casa Rosada (Presidential Palace)
MV INTERIOR President Peron enters hall to applause and takes seat
CU President Peron speaking in Spanish ZOOM OUT TO SLV & MVS (4 shots)
"Gentlemen, the current Three Year Plan for 1974 to 1977 is not limited to what is commonly known as a development plan. We could not allow ourselves to fall into the trap of aiming just for short-tern rewards - we are anxious to achieve long-term measures which will benefit the social evolution of the nation. There was an almost total lack within the organisation of the State of any structures capable of allowing the government to carry out development plans in the most efficient manner, in keeping with world economic trends, and involving the people actively at all levels. If we really want to start a profound transformation of the then static Argentina, which lacked any social direction, and which was subject to the wishes and designs of minority groups, representing only non-national economic interests, the road which we have chosen is the only one possible, and the only one which has responded to the wishes of the electorate. For "Justicialismo" (the Peronist party), the only benefactor of the Plan is the man who accepts that it has the full backing of the government and community."
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An English translation of the extract of General Peron's speech shown on this film:
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Background: On Friday (21 December), President Juan Peron made a speech outlining the reasons behind Argentina's new Three Year Plan, which will run from 1974 to 1977. His speech, delivered in the Presidential Palace, comes at a time when the Argentinean government is claiming to have halted the country's inflationary spiral. Early in November, economy Minister Jose Gelbard claimed that during the five months up to November, there was a zero rate of inflation. One of the major weapons the Peron government has been using to stabilise the economy has been the establishment of maximum prices on a wide range of goods - with severe penalties for those who exceed the ceiling limits.
SYNOPSIS: In a speech on thursday at the Case Rosada - the Presidential Palace - in Buenos Aires, President Juan Peron announced a new three-year economic plan for Argentina. As he arrived to deliver his address, the President was given a warm welcome.
President Peron's announcement came after the government had claimed it had halted the serious inflation that had hit the country earlier in the year. In fact, the Minister of the Economy told journalists last month the inflation rate was zero. In his speech, the President said the plan would be aimed at achieving long term, rather than short-term, goals, which would benefit the development of the nation.
President Peron criticised the economic performance of previous governments. He claimed there was a complete lack of any machinery within the state's organisation for implementing any efficient development plans. The president went on to say that the old plans did not involve the ordinary Argentinian, and were influenced by minority groups, representing what he termed "non-national economic interests."
The current Three Year Plan was the only programme that could achieve the goals facing the nation, the President stated It was also, he said, the only programme that would be acceptable to the whole electorate. The President added that from his party's point-of-view, the only people who would benefit from the Plan, were those who accepted it as having the full backing of the government and the community as a whole