- Alejandro Werner, Director, Western Hemisphere Department, International Monetary Fund
- Gerardo Rodriguez, Managing Director of Emerging Markets, BlackRock (interviewer)
The International Monetary Fund's Alejandro Werner returned to AS/COA for an annual outlook on the region's economic prospects. The fund's Western Hemisphere director covered the new administrations in Brazil and Mexico, as well as Argentina's economic reforms in an electoral year. Werner highlighted Bolsonaro's economic team opening up one of Latin America's most closed markets and noted that Mexico's attempts to curb fuel theft were sensible. He cautioned, however, that these government have been in office for few months and thus any conclusive assessment of their policies is premature. Werner also pointed out that if Argentina elects a new administration, the current IMF deal with the country would be reviewed.