Zoellick Says Argentina’s Nationalization Makes it an ‘Outlier’

April 19 (Bloomberg) -- World Bank President Robert Zoellick talks about Argentina’s decision to nationalize oil producer YPF SA and the importance of countries having safety nets ahead of a crisis. Zoellick speaks with Bloomberg's Margaret Brennan in an exclusive interview on Bloomberg Television's "InBusiness With Margaret Brennan." (Source: Bloomberg)

World Bank President Robert Zoellick said Argentina is an “outlier” in Latin America and most of the region’s leaders see the country’s nationalization this week of YPF SA (YPFD) as a “mistake.”

Zoellick, in an interview with Bloomberg Television today, said Argentina’s expropriation of the assets owned by Spain’s Repsol-YPF SA (REP) reflect “populist” and protectionist pressures that are prevalent in several countries around the world.

Zoellick said he shares the views expressed this week by Mexican President Felipe Calderon that “no one in their right mind” would invest in a country that nationalizes companies.

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Joshua Goodman at jgoodman19@bloomberg.net

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