CARACAS, Monday April 28, 2008 | Update
The Venezuelan Ministry of Housing plans to build socialist
cities this year. Progress in this field is expected to be
made under international agreements. Minister of Housing Edith
Gómez pointed out that the first phase of a program to
build socialist cities is slated to start under an agreement
with Belarus. She added that a number of Ministry specialists
would travel to Belarus to learn about the construction of
The creation of socialist cities has been planned under social welfare program Misión Villanueva, which is focused on developing town-building projects. Under Misión Villanueva, socialist towns are intended "to promote the endogenous potential and prioritize social economy." Therefore, small- and medium-size businesses, cooperatives, family businesses, micro-businesses, and any other form of communitarian associations have to be promoted.
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.