Central bank assistance to state-run Pdvsa stands at USD 29 billion
Assistance over the last 12 months has spiked to 79%
By October 26, the BCV had allocated USD 29 billion to Pdvsa, compared to only USD 16.2 billion during the same period in 2011.
During October this year, the financial aid amounted to USD 30.4 billion. Although by the end of that month the oil company had arranged to pay its liabilities, it only reduced its debts by USD 1.3 billion.
The BCV began providing financial assistance in the first half of 2010 when it received promissory notes that Pdvsa had issued to the National Treasury. Since then, financial assistance has not stopped.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
"Cocoa is to Venezuelans what wine is to the French," says Alejandro Prosperi, head of the Venezuelan Chamber of Cocoa, using this simile to express the paramount importance or the cocoa industry for the country. Often times heralded as "the best cocoa in the world," a passion for quality dating back to the sixteenth century has made Venezuelan cocoa growers to enjoy high prestige at international level and their product to be among the most sought-after in the world.