NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- LatinFinance Infrastructure Finance Award Winners, 2014:
The Infrastructure Finance awards recognize the standout deals funding infrastructure in Latin America & the Caribbean. The winners of LatinFinance's 2014 Infrastructure Finance Awards demonstrate how capital markets can best be used for financing these projects. Some have pioneered new financing structures; others have overcome extensive complications to reach a close, or made creative use of development bank support.
BEST POWER FINANCING
BEST RENEWABLE ENERGY FINANCING
BEST INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCING: ANDES
BEST TRANSPORT FINANCING
BEST ROAD FINANCING
BEST LOCAL CURRENCY FINANCING
BEST PORT FINANCING
BEST AIRPORT FINANCING
BEST MINING FINANCING
BEST INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCING: CENTRAL AMERICA
BEST INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCING: BRAZIL
BEST INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCING: MEXICO
BEST PROJECT SPONSOR
BEST INFRASTRUCTURE BANK: BRAZIL
BEST INFRASTRUCTURE BANK: MEXICO
BEST INFRASTRUCTURE BANK
BEST INFRASTRUCTURE BANK: ANDES
BEST INFRASTRUCTURE LAW FIRM
The awards have been selected by LatinFinance's editors after close examination of information provided by market participants, interviews with people in the industry, and research of publicly available information on the projects.
The past year has forced all Latin American central bank governors to think harder than ever about how to balance the need to support growth with their duty to keep inflation in check. In this difficult environment, José Darío Uribe Escobar, governor of Colombia's central bank, Banco de la República (BanRep), has walked the tightrope most convincingly.
LatinFinance's 2014 Central Bank Governor of the Year José Darío Uribe is recognized for his decision to hike rates early, anticipating a strong rebound in economic growth in the Andean nation, and his well-timed intervention in the foreign exchange markets to push down the value of the peso against the dollar.
Colombia raised rates by a full percentage point, to 4.25%, between April and July, in a move which -- despite having taken the market by surprise -- has since been widely praised by analysts. The strength of economic activity and the rise in inflationary expectations in recent months in Colombia have "vindicated" the central bank's decision to start the interest rate hiking process early, experts say.
"Thanks in part to BanRep's foresight, Colombia's strong policy framework has put the economy in a strong position to temper inflationary pressures and withstand external headwinds," said LatinFinance Editor-in-Chief Taimur Ahmad.
The economy grew at an annual rate of 6.4% in the first quarter, ahead of 5.3% in the previous quarter.
"We clearly expressed that we began the hiking cycle with enough anticipation to ensure a gradual adjustment process. Undue delays in this regard could imply excessive volatility of interest rates and output, as aggregate demand pressures may build up and inflation expectations could become unanchored" Uribe said in an interview with LatinFinance. "We cannot control the external environment, but we can control our framework," he said.
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