Argentina is working on a deal to help out the meat, tanning, leathergoods and footwear industries during the global economic downturn. After a meeting between Guillermo Moreno, the country’s commerce secretary, and leather industry representatives last month, the government has proposed a plan to give a $150 million credit at the national bank. Industry players would use it to forward the goal of working together, all along the leather value chain, to make shoes and leathergoods in Argentina with Argentinian leather. They would ideally sell for prices similar to those of imports.