Private and public sectors' imports over USD 40 billion
Oil revenues amounted to USD 69.7 billion
By the end of the third quarter, private and public sectors' imports totaled USD 40.7 billion, whereas last year they stood at USD 33.2 billion. Said increase "is associated with a higher dynamism in domestic aggregate demand," a BCV's statement read.
The numbers indicate that the slowdown in some key sectors of the economy was offset by an increase in imports. In fact, according to the BCV's statement, imports of goods totaled USD 32.9 billion.
The private sector's imports in the third quarter focused on food, agriculture, cattle, and common metals. This takes place amid a fall in food production and the collapse of Guayana's basic industries attributed to the lack of raw materials and investments.
Furthermore, although it did not break down the goods imported by government bodies, the BCV informed that such imports jumped 41.7%, amounting to USD 15.3 billion in the last nine months.
According to the central bank's data, similarly to the non-oil sector, imports by the oil sector climbed. They stood at USD 7.7 billion by the end of the third quarter.
Out of total imports, "59% was oriented to intermediate consumption, 23% to gross fixed capital formation, and 18% to final consumption.
Regarding income, the BCV outlined that by the end of the third quarter, oil revenues accounted for USD 69.7 billion, jumping 6% with respect to the same period in 2011 (USD 66.3 billion).
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.