Competitive forex rate needed to boost industries
The Venezuelan Confederation of Industries (Conindustria) suggested a foreign exchange rate at VEB 7.8 per US dollar to stabilize the domestic industrial sector
The Venezuelan currency has been overvalued with respect to other currencies since 2003 upon the implementation of foreign exchange controls. Overvaluation is attributed to the gap between the country's inflation and price fluctuation in other nations.
Overvaluation is said to hamper the industrial sector as imports turn out to be cheaper than domestic products. Carlos Larrazábal, the president of the Venezuelan Confederation of Industries (Conindustria), said that bringing the fixed foreign exchange rate up to VEB 7.68 per US dollar would help reverse the loss of competitiveness.
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.