The Board decides on the Bank’s monetary and financial policy implementation. It takes part in decisions affecting the monetary and foreign exchange markets; sets general policies related to economic regulations and to financial system growth; establishes the denominations and characteristics of bills and coins; authorizes the opening of new financial or foreign exchange institutions and revokes their authorization to operate, and establishes the rules for the Bank’s organization and management.
It also performs all other duties assigned to him by BCRA Charter Sections 14 and 15.
Diego Bastourre graduated in Economics and holds a master’s degree in Economics from Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP).
Before taking on his current position at the BCRA, he served as Secretary of Finance for the Argentine Ministry of Economy (from December 2019), and worked for the Economic Research Deputy General Management Office of the BCRA (2005 - 2019).
His areas of interest are international finance and macroeconomics. His research focuses on the problems that mostly affect developing and emerging economies: financial and macroeconomic volatility, capital flows and exchange rate and debt crises, international reserves, foreign restriction, and commodity prices. His papers have been published in books and journals, and have been presented at seminars and conferences organized by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Center for Latin American Monetary Studies (Centro de Estudios Monetarios Latinoamericanos, CEMLA), the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA), and the Argentine Association of Political Economy (Asociación Argentina de Economía Política, AAEP). He is a professor of International Finance in the master’s program in Economic Development of Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) and in the undergraduate program in Economics of UNLP. He was also a professor at Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) and Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT).