Venezuelan international reserves end last February 6 at
USD 32 billion, according to the figures disclosed by the
Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV).
In January 31-February 6, the BCV assets dropped USD 884 million.
Last Friday, Planning Minister Haiman El Troudi said this week the central bank was scheduled to transfer USD 800 million from the reserves to the National Development Fund (Fonden).
The official said that early in March the BCV would transfer other USD 700 million to the Fonden. Based on El Troudi's statements, the BCV is to deposit USD 1.5 billion in the Fonden. This year, such transfer would be lower than in previous years, as the so-called "optimal level" of Venezuelan reserves was set at USD 31.9 billion.
Since the BCV law was reformed in 2005, the central bank has an obligation to transfer excess reserves to the Fonden. In 2005, it delivered USD 6 billion to the special fund, with transfers in 2006 and 2007 amounting to USD 4.27 billion and USD 6.77 billion, respectively.
In two years, BCV transferred USD 17.94 billion to the Fonden, thus exceeding the Venezuelan oil giant Pdvsa's contribution to the fund at USD 13.15 billion.
INTERVIEW Pedro Pablo Fernández faces the tough task of the children of his kind: breaking with the label according to which he is identified as "Eduardo Fernández's son." His categorical, sound style in contrast with his father's calm, smiling mood has helped him frame his own name, in spite of father and son having similar standpoints. A deputy to the Venezuelan National Assembly, an attorney-at-law majoring in economy from the University of Colorado and holder of a Master Degree in Public Policies from Georgetown University, his solitary political performance is nevertheless controversial, particularly after his speech at the parliament during the election of its board, last January.