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Latin America Business 2014: Best Quotes

The best quotes of the year in Latin America business.



The editorial staff of Latinvex selects the best quotes of the year relating to Latin America business.




Choosing Joaquim Levy as finance minister in a PT government is like naming the CIA chief to head the KGB
Aecio Neves, who almost defeated Brazil’s president Rousseff in October’s elections, on the naming of Levy as Brazil’s finance minister.


If only one [airline] is left, then there will be only one.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on international carriers cutting Venezuela flights as a result of being owed billions of dollars by his government.

I know the winner. May God have mercy on us.

Panama's outgoing president Ricardo Martinelli on president-elect Juan Carlos Varela, as quoted by Reuters, May 5, 2014

This is sheer nonsense. It makes us wonder if he is lying...or doesn't know what he is doing. 

Paul Hoffmeister, a senior analyst for investment research firm Bretton Woods Research, on Argentina's economy minister Axel Kicillof's comments that pesos were not dependent upon the official rate, as quoted by Forbes, January 29, 2014. 


Poor Dilma Rousseff. Brazil's president projects the tedious aura of the efficiency of Angela Merkel, except with the delivery of the Marx brothers.

Financial Times editorial on Rousseff's failures on the preparations for the World Cup and 2016 Olympics and links to a Petrobras corruption scandal and growing energy problems, May 4, 2014    


They're acting like a wounded animal in a corner. 

Jorge Mariscal, chief investment officer for emerging markets at UBS Wealth Management,
on Argentina's erratic behavior, as quoted by Bloomberg, June 19, 2014.


If Maduro wants to find who’s guilty, he should look in the mirror.
Venezuelan economist Ricardo Hausmann, on Facebook, December 14, 2014, rejecting Maduro blaming him and Moises Naim for ruining the country’s economy.


This may change the country forever.
President Dilma Rousseff on the corruption probe of Petrobras.


The referees screw us over two-thirds of the time with terrible bias.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, commenting on the US Supreme Court rejection of Argentina's appeal, as quoted by Reuters, June 24, 2014.

No country ever became prosperous by hounding foreign corporations in kangaroo courts.

Wall Street Journal columnist Brett Stevens on the Chevron-Ecuador case, October 28, 2014

It sort of underscores that she lives in a world of her own more and more.
Felipe Noguera, a political analyst, on the announcement by Argentine President Fernandez that she didn't watch the World Cup final between Argentina and Germany, as quoted by Reuters, July 15, 2014.

There seems to be an ill mood toward Brazil today. I don't know why.
Brazil President Dilma Rousseff, explaining why the economy is slowing down,
as quoted by Reuters, June 4, 2014.

I can't imagine a better job.
Claudio Porcel, head of asset management firm Balanz Capital Sociedad de Bolsa, on Argentina's next president facing a rebound and investor boom, as quoted by Bloomberg.



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