Venezuelan gov't administers USD 228 billion in parallel funds
Some 17 mechanisms have been implemented by the Executive Office since 2004
Based on data published by the Finance Ministry, the oil industry and public institutions in management reports, through parallel funds Hugo Chávez's government has administered nearly USD 228 billion in 2004-2012.
According to authorities, such multiple funds comprise the "New Bolivarian Financial Institutions."
Early in October, Planning and Finance Minister Jorge Giordani talked at the National Assembly about the design of "an innovating financing model to conduct investments based on government priorities. The model differs from the prior model, under which Pdvsa's resources were transferred to the BCV (Central Bank of Venezuela) and then became reserves only. Those frozen resources are now redirected to promote the wellbeing of Venezuelans."
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.