Ministries of the Argentine Republic

The Ministries of the Argentine Republic, which form the cabinet, currently consist of sixteen ministries under a ministerial chief of staff.[1] The ministers are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the president.[1] The current organization derives from the constitutional revision of 1994,[1] and is governed by "The Law on Ministries".[2]


Prior to independence, the administration of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata was organized under the Royal Ordinance of Administrators issued 28 January 1782 (la Real Ordenanza de Intendentes),[3] under which there were eight intendencias[4] each with a governor reporting to the viceroy. The governor had the police, finance and the military under his direct control, and his lieutenant administered the courts.[3] At first the revolutionaries retained the same system, only gradually dispersing the executive authority over a larger body of men.[3] The first true cabinet posts in Argentina emerged in the mid 1800s first under various caudillos such as Saavedra and de Rosas and then under the Argentine Confederation and the State of Buenos Aires. For example, the Department of Governance and War (Departamento de Gobierno y Guerra) was created on 28 May 1810 by the First Junta with Mariano Moreno as secretary,[5] and although the First Junta sent out diplomates as early as 1810, it was not until 27 February 1813 that the Department of Foreign Business (Departamento de Negocios Extranjeros) was created under the supervision of the Secretary of State.[6]

Argentine Confederation (1831 to 1852)[7]
State of Buenos Aires (1852 to 1861)[7]

Current ministries

Ministry Website Post Incumbent Image Appt. date
Jefatura de Gabinete de Ministros of the Cabinet of MinistersMarcos Peña10 December 2015
Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Comercio Internacional y Culto of Foreign Affairs and ReligionSusana Malcorra10 December 2015
Ministerio de Hacienda y Finanzas Públicas of the Economy and Public FinanceAlfonso Prat-Gay10 December 2015
Ministerio de Defensa of DefenceJulio Martínez10 December 2015
Ministerio de Justicia y Derechos Humanos of Justice and Human RightsGermán Garavano10 December 2015
Ministerio de Seguridad
http://www.minseg.gob.arMinister of SecurityPatricia Bullrich10 December 2015
Ministerio del Interior y Transporte of Interior and TransportRogelio Frigerio10 December 2015
Ministerio de Trabajo, Empleo y Seguridad Social
http://www.trabajo.gob.arMinister of Labour, Employment and Social SecurityJorge Triaca Jr.10 December 2015
Ministerio de Salud of HealthJorge Lemus26 February 2015
Ministerio de Educación
http://www.educacion.gob.arMinister of EducationEsteban Bullrich10 December 2015
Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva
http://www.mincyt.gob.arMinister of Science, Technology and Product InnovationLino Barañao10 December 2007
Ministerio de Desarrollo Social of Social WelfareCarolina Stanley10 December 2015
Ministerio de Producción
http://www.industria.gob.arMinister of IndustryFrancisco Adolfo Cabrera10 December 2015
Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Pesca
http://www.minagri.gob.arMinister of Agriculture, Ranching, and FishingRicardo Buryaile10 December 2015
Ministerio de Turismo of TourismGustavo Santos10 December 2015
Ministerio de Cultura
http://www.cultura.gob.arMinister of CulturePablo Avelluto10 December 2015
Ministerio de Energía y Minería Minister of Energy and Mining Juan José Aranguren 10 December 2015

Notes and references

  1. 1 2 3 "Jefatura de Gabinete de Ministros". Jefatura de Gabinete de Ministros. Archived from the original on 10 April 2015.
  2. La Ley de Ministerios, The Law on Ministries was established by Decree 438 of 1992, and amended by Law 26638, promulgated on 6 December 2007.
  3. 1 2 3 Zabala, Juan Pablo; Departamento Documentos Escritos, División Nacional (2012). Fondos documentales del Departamento Documentos Escritos, División Nacional: Programa de Descripción Normalizada: secciones gobierno, Sala X y contaduría, Sala III, tribunales y protocolos de escribanos: volumen 2 (PDF) (in Spanish). Buenos Aires: Archivo General de la Nación, Ministerio del Interior. p. 33. Archived from the original on 16 May 2015.
  4. The intendencia were Buenos Aires, San Miguel de Tucumán, Cuyo, Paraguay, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Potosí, La Paz and Chuquisaca. Kermenic, Jan M. (1993). Pueblos, lenguas e instituciones de América meridional, Tomo I: AA–MM (in Spanish). Lima, Peru: [s.n.] p. 149. OCLC 30746236.
  5. Zabala 2012, p. 218
  6. Zabala 2012, p. 166
  7. 1 2 Zabala 2012, p. 26
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