Expert Declines Milei’s Offer: Searching for a Superior Central Bank Leader


In a surprising turn of events, Demian Reidel, an esteemed economist, has rejected an offer to be the head of Argentina’s central bank by the newly elected President Javier Milei. This unexpected decision has left many shocked and curious about the reasoning behind Reidel’s refusal.

Speaking to La Nación in an exclusive interview, Reidel expressed his belief that there are individuals better equipped to formulate economic policies and steer the country’s central bank in the right direction. “There is a difference in the formulation of policies and there are people who can do that better,” he stated confidently. Despite his declining of the offer, Reidel emphasized his unwavering support for the Milei administration, indicating his commitment to the success of the new government. “I fully support the Milei administration. Sou un mileísta de primeira hora,” he declared, solidifying his allegiance to the cause.

It is worth noting that Reidel brings significant experience to the table, having previously served as the vice president of the Central Bank during the presidency of Mauricio Macri. This established him as a key figure in Argentina’s economic landscape, further amplifying the significance of his refusal. Many had anticipated that he would be a strong candidate to lead the central bank, given his track record and familiarity with the institution.

Milei, known for his unorthodox views and radical policy proposals, has been vocal about his plans to shut down the Central Bank due to what he deems a “moral obligation.” This drastic stance has garnered both praise and criticism, with supporters believing it could bring about much-needed change, while detractors express concerns about the potential consequences of such a move. The rejection of such a prominent figure as Reidel raises questions about the feasibility and credibility of Milei’s vision, causing some to reconsider their support for his administration.

Amidst the swirling uncertainty, the Milei administration has confirmed that they have approached Luis Andrés Caputo to head the Ministry of Economy. Caputo, a former Finance Minister and Central Bank President, is widely regarded by the Argentine press as a suitable contender for the role. His experience and expertise make him a strong candidate, should he accept the offer. The potential inclusion of Caputo in the administration could help assuage concerns regarding the rejection by Reidel, bringing some stability and credibility to Milei’s economic team.

As the political landscape in Argentina continues to evolve, it is essential for the Milei administration to navigate these challenges with prudence and sensitivity. The central bank plays a critical role in shaping the country’s economic policies, and the appointment of a capable and experienced leader is paramount in ensuring the stability and growth of the nation. Only time will tell how these recent developments will bear upon Argentina’s economic future, and whether Milei’s unconventional proposals will lead to lasting success or unforeseen turmoil.