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Venezuela's 2014 Economic Outlook

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

February 10, 2014


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Please join Americas Society/Council of the Americas for a panel discussion on Venezuela’s economic outlook for 2014. Three leading analysts will discuss the country’s overall economic climate in light of the government’s latest economic measures. The panelists will exchange views on future prospects of the private sector and foreign investors in the country.


  • Alejandro Arreaza, Latin American Economist, Barclays
  • Aaron H. Freedman, Vice President/Senior Credit Officer, Moody's Investors Service
  • Francisco Rodríguez, Director and Senior Andean Economist, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Christopher Sabatini, Senior Director of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas; Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly (Moderator)

Event Information: Guillermo Zubillaga | | 1-212-277-8362
COA Corporate Membership Information: Monica Vieira | | 1-212-277-8344
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | | 1-212-277-8384
Cancellation: Please contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at before 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 7.


Alejandro Arreaza

Latin American Economist, Barclays

Alejandro Arreaza is a Latin American economist at Barclays. Based in New York, Arreaza is responsible for the firm’s macroeconomic coverage of the Andean and Central American and Caribbean Economies. He joined Barclays in 2010 after working for several years in the financial markets in Venezuela. From 2004 to 2010, Arreaza was an economist at Bancaribe, the sixth largest bank in Venezuela, which is associated with Scotiabank. Prior to this, he worked in economics research for Santander Group Banco de Venezuela.

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Aaron Freedman

Vice President-Senior Credit Officer, Moody’s Sovereign Risk Group

Aaron Freedman is a vice president-senior credit officer in Moody’s Sovereign Risk Group. He is part of the team covering Latin America and the Caribbean and is directly responsible for a portfolio of countries ranging from Barbados to Venezuela. Previously, Freedman served as the team leader for the Americas in Moody’s Sub-Sovereign Ratings Group on an interim basis during 2011, out of the company’s Mexico City office. Additionally, he was previously a member of the U.S. Public, Corporate, and Project and Infrastructure Finance Groups.

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Francisco Rodríguez

Chief Economist, Torino Capital

Francisco Rodríguez is an economist and coauthor of Venezuela Before Chávez. Previously, he was director and senior Andean economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML), where he specializes in the economies of Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela. Rodríguez has held numerous positions in academia and public policy. Between 2000 and 2004 he headed the Venezuelan Congressional Budget Office. He has taught economics at the University of Maryland at College Park, Wesleyan University, and the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración in Caracas.

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Christopher Sabatini

Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly and Senior Director of Policy, AS/COA

Christopher Sabatini is the senior director of policy at the Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA) and founder and editor-in-chief of the hemispheric policy magazine Americas Quarterly (AQ). Dr. Sabatini chairs the AS/COA Rule of Law working group, which published a report on rule of law in the hemisphere entitled Rule of Law, Economic Growth and Prosperity (also available in Spanish). He also chairs the AS/COA Cuba Working Group. In 2007, Dr.

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