A Talk With Argentina's Finance Minister

How Roque Fernandez Plans to Stoke the Engine of Recovery

Former central banker Roque B. Fernandez, 49, who took over as Economy Minister last July, is orchestrating Argentina's borrowing splurge. His low-key approach contrasts with that of his predecessor, Domingo Cavallo, who was forced out after five years by rising opposition stirred by his painful economic reforms and combative style. Fernandez, a University of Chicago PhD, is a golf enthusiast, a ham radio buff, and a tinkerer with autos and computers. In interviews on Jan. 9 and Jan. 14, he discussed Argentina's prospects with Louisa Shepard and Ian Katz, BUSINESS WEEK's correspondents in Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo, respectively.

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