Venezuelan communes to get more funds than mayor's offices
While communities will receive USD 2.04 billion, municipalities will get USD 1.2 billion
As set forth in the law, USD 1.6 billion will be allocated to the states; USD 1.2 billion to municipalities, and USD 2.04 billion to people's power and reinforcement of institutions (communal-based plans).
Such division clearly shows that funds for communal councils and communes exceed by 69% those of mayoralties, and by 25% those of governor's offices.
The Venezuelan Government has sought any means to strengthen the communal regime. Back in 2010, the laws on the people's power were enacted. Despite the legal framework, progress has been gradual. Next year, the model will be speeded up.
The Second Socialist Plan 2013-2019 provides that the creation of the five district pillars for development must be encouraged. Such pillars shall include the communes and the communal councils as well.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
A simple reason: there is oil galore, would suffice to explain Guyana's actions. Another explanation lies in the little or none efforts made by the Venezuelan government to thwart the move by the Guyanese. This is certainly not a new problem, but a problem only recently highlighted because oil is involved. But what other resources does the disputed area hold? For most of us it is a section on the map with black and white stripes on it, a depiction of something distant, alien, a nothingness not worth paying much attention to in geography classes back in elementary school.