Top leaders of the CIC, the Argentinian Footwear Association, recently met with Beatriz Paglieri, Argentina's minister for external trade. Sergio Panossian, the vice president of the CIC, and Horacio Moschetto, the general secretary, said that the goal for 2012 was that the country's footwear industry should produce 125 million pairs of shoes, an increase of 8.5 percent over last year. They also asked Paglieri about the possibility of setting up a new arrangement with Brazil, similar to those that have been used in the past years to limit the number of shoes that are exported from the larger country. In 2009 the limit was 15 million pairs; this was dropped to 14.2 million in 2010 and a similar number – not yet calculated – for 2011. The CIC also asked for the government's help in promoting its own exports. Last year the country exported just 2 million pairs of shoes.