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
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.