Argentina is to set aside USD 21 billion for public works. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's government hopes the measure will kick start the country's ailing economy. Argentina expects a fall of 4 percent in economic growth in the coming year. The construction of roads, houses and schools will create at least 400,000 jobs. Construction has been one of the mainstays of economic growth in Argentina in recent years. The president also announced tax measures to stimulate the investment climate in the country. (Radio Netherlands)

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