Venezuelan Central Bank has not offered bonds for two days
US dollars traded in the system shed USD 10.13 million only
Companies buy from Sitme the bonds issued by the Republic of Venezuela or state-owned oil holding Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa). They resell the notes to get US dollars at the official exchange rate of VEB 5.30 per US dollar. However, in the two last sessions, the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV), the entity responsible for the system administration, has not offered any bonds. Therefore, only small amounts are traded and later deposited in public or private financial institutions.
On Wednesday, financial institutions spoke with BCV officers. Queried about the potential supply of securities, the BCV representatives replied that the BCV is not required to offer bonds on a daily basis.
Companies used to purchase USD 44 million daily from Sitme; now, the BCV has turned off the tap and traded amounts are very different.
"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.