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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Latin America Business 2015: 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.

"I can't speak long because at midnight I turn into a pumpkin."
Cristina Kirchner, whose presidential mandate in Argentina ended at midnight on December 10, 2015.

"Never before in history have we had so little certainty about tomorrow."
Gabriel Petrus, a political analyst at Brazilian business consulting firm Barral M Jorge, as quoted by Bloomberg, November 29, 2015

"Are these guys taking over the world? Well, sure."
Tom Pirko, director of Bevmark, which advises the food and beverage industry, on 3G Capital and their latest deal, the AB InBev-SAB Miller merger, as quoted by Fortune, Sept.16, 2015

"Donald Trump’s facts are as loose as his lips."
Arturo Sarukhan, former Mexican ambassador to the United States, quoted by the Inter-American Dialogue's biweekly Financial Services Advisor, August 27, 2015. 

"We are like the Titanic. The iceberg is not next door. It is relatively far away. But our trajectory is very concerning."
Jose Olympio Pereira, CEO of Credit Suisse Group AG’s Brazil unit, on Brazil's economy, as quoted by Bloomberg, November 5, 2015.

Hugo Chavez "was a talented politician who garnered applause when he explained, inspired tears when he touched hearts and generated laughter when he told jokes. His sad successor, Maduro, generates laughter when he explains, tears when people go to the stores and only garners applause when he leaves."
Former Bolivian President Jorge Tuto-Quiroca, in El Pais, June 24, 2015.

"Ecopetrol should be the James Rodriguez of exploration."
Colombian oil minister Tomas Gonzalez, as quoted by Portafolio, June 7, 2015. 

"I just think the toothpaste has come out of the tube."
Thomas Herzfeld, chairman and president of Thomas J. Herzfeld Advisors, an investment firm that works on investments in Cuba, on US policy likely easing towards normal trade relations with Cuba, as quoted by CNN, April 15, 2015.

"As many voters now realize, Ms Rousseff was peddling a lie."

The Economist, March 28, 2015, on Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's re-election message that the opposition threatened Brazil's economic growth. 

After “distrusting businessmen like a fox in a hen house, we ended up with no foxes and no chickens."
Juan Curutchet, an aide to Argentine presidential candidate Mauricio Macri and also vice president at Banco de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, as quoted by Bloomberg, May 14, 2015

"The government sees success where there is failure."
Carlos Blanco, professor of international relations at Boston University and former Minister for Reform of the State and President of the Presidential Commission for State Reform in Venezuela, as quoted by Latinvex, March 25, 2015.

"You cannot commit a crime and then profit from it."
Theodore Olson of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, on Ecuador's $9.5 billion verdict against Chevron, as quoted by The Wall Street Journal, April 20, 2015.

"I cannot let this project become an international joke."
Wang Jing, the developer of the $50 billion Nicaragua Canal, as quoted by the BBC, March 18, 2015

“Maduro’s elementary school excuse: ‘A coup ate my homework.’”
Comedian Joanna Hausmann, as quoted in Foreign Policy, March 15, 2015

"This is a country where the good that is in highest shortage is not toilet paper, but rationality."
Venezuelan opposition lawmaker Julio Borges, as quoted by El Pais, March 6, 2015

"If you can just add an aspirin at the end of the process, the narcos can do that, too."
George Baker, publisher of the Houston-based newsletter Mexico Energy Intelligence, on Pemex plans to no longer ship finished, usable gasoline or diesel through its network of ducts, as quoted by AP, February 17, 2015.

"With Arrest of Marcelo Odebrecht, Brazil’s Corruption Probe Moves to the Penthouse."

The Wall Street Journal, June 19, 2015, on arrest of Odebrecht. 

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