Today, Afsaneh was interviewed on Bloomberg Surveillance from Davos. Her conversation with co-anchors Francine Lacqua and Tom Keene focused on Latin America and the upheaval throughout the region. In Venezuela, bond prices rallied on the news of massive protests against President Nicolas Maduro and the recognition of Juan Guaido as the interim leader of the country. However, the country is a commodity seller and oil prices are rising, but not very high. A new leader, Afsaneh said, will not necessarily fix Venezuela's underlying issues.
There are opportunities throughout Latin America for international and local investors, especially in impact and sustainable investments. Latin America, Afsaneh said, will experience growth in the energy sector as the region develops its infrastructure for harnessing natural gas, geothermal, solar, and wind energy.
Afsaneh foresees an increased importance among multilateral institutions such as the World Bank and the IMF. These multilateral institutions, she said, will help develop capital market improvements in emerging markets and implement smart policies to ensure private capital can flow into these markets efficiently.