January 14, 2009:
"In Venezuela there is no and there shall be no recession because the world financial crisis has had no impact on the Venezuelan economy."
"If the financial crisis lasts some five or six years, Venezuela could be affected and suffer its consequences."
31st August, 2009:
(on third quarter growth) "We won't end up very high up, we'll come in just above zero. Nonetheless, I believe we'll come out in positive territory."
"There was an inflection point, upward, and that means that it's going to be better than in the second quarter, but so far we don't know how far that point will go."
November 12th, 2009:
(on how to spur economic growth) "It's like economic accupuncture, where you have to touch the launching points so as to guarantee lift off."
"...the country is reaching a point of deflation."
Well, lets count our lucky stars we dodged that deflation bullet, at least...
[Hat tip: LV]