AmCham Chile’s President Talks Up “Consensus,” “Shared Goals,” “Internal Dialog…”

As I a long term shareholder of the Aberdeen Chile Fund, Inc (NYSEMKT: CH), I am somewhat concerned about Mary Anastasia O’Grady Wall Street Journal article, Assault on the Chilean Miracle, about how President Michelle Bachelet seems to be imitating Argentina’s Cristina Fernández de Kirchner with her plans to sharply increase taxes on capital. And then in the comments section, there is this utterly ridiculous comment of gobbledygook coming from someone claiming to be the President of AmCham Chile:

Comment: President Bachelet of Chile has begun a process of reform including tax, electoral and education matters in Chile. The ultimate goal of these reforms is to increase inclusiveness in the society and strengthen the middle class thereby providing long-term sustainability to the system – a shared goal in Chile. The degree and rapidity of the changes including an assessment of the full economic impact for the country and its people is the subject of internal dialog in the country. Chile has been known for its ability to construct a broad consensus – a hallmark of its political and economic success. The article written by Ms. Mary O’Grady is premature in its conclusions. The article reflects the same dogmatism, which she attributes to President Bachelet’s Government. Let’s give the Chilean people and their institutions the respect which they have earned over several decades to generate a consensus which will build on the country’s economic success.

Kathleen C. Barclay
American Chamber of Commerce in Chile (AmCham) - Kathleen Barclay, Amcham Chile - WSJ Comments

[However, I will give the President of AmCham Chile some leeway or a pass by saying that I am sure she needs to be careful about what she says in order to protect American companies and investments]

Given the leftward direction Chile now seems to be heading (basically the same direction that has left much of the Latin America region an impoverished mess), I think I will stick to investing in the frontier markets / emerging markets of Asia…

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