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Argentina Q&A

Latin Business Chronicle asks leading experts about the economic and political outlook in Argentina.
CONCERN CONTINUES: President Cristina Fernandez visits a shoe factory on Friday, while markets continue to be jittery about her economic policies.  (Photo: Argentine President's Office)

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BY CHRONICLE STAFF 

Following news that Argentina's president Cristina Fernandez plans to repay her country's debt with the Paris Club group of nations, will she also reach an agreement with private creditors who were blown off in 2005? What are the key things Fernandez needs to do to regain confidence among local and foreign investors? How volatile is Argentina's economic and political situation in light of the growing discontent with the government's handling of the farmers strike, inflation and economic policies? Will President Cristina Fernandez be forced out of office before her mandate ends in 2013, as some economists speculate? And who effectively runs Argentina - Cristina Fernandez or her husband, Nestor Kirchner - or both?

Latin Business Chronicle asked four experts to share their insight. Our panel includes:

  • Jerry Haar, associate dean and professor in the College of Business Administration at Florida International University.
  • Alberto Ramos, Senior Economist for Latin America, Goldman Sachs
  • Riordan Roett, director of the Latin American Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.
  • Peter Rösler, deputy general manager of Lateinamerika Verein, Germany. 

Latin Business Chronicle: Following the news about a Paris Club debt repayment, do you expect Argentina to also reach an agreement with private creditors that were blown off in 2005?

Ramos: We do not believe the government is at all ready to reach an agreement with the holdout creditors. Paying the Paris Club debt was a move...

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