Chinese loans to Venezuela amount to USD 46 billion in four years
Venezuela has been granted 55% of the loans authorized for the region
Twelve Latin American countries received USD 85.8 billion in credits from China from 2005-2012. The amount exceeds the credits granted by the World Bank (USD 53.3 billion) and the Inter-American Development Bank (USD 66.9 billion) during the same period.
The information was disclosed in a comparative analysis conducted by the Faculty of Economics, National Autonomous University of Mexico, on the loans granted by China to Latina American countries. The analysis indicates that Venezuela has received USD 46.5 billion, which is 55% of the total loans granted to the region.
Resources have been directed mainly to government projects, as well and programs of Venezuela's state-owned oil company Pdvsa.
Venezuelan authorities have informed that part of the loans has already been repaid and additional credits are under negotiation to fuel the Venezuela-China Fund.
The report highlights that loans boomed in 2009-2010. In such period, Venezuela and China signed a deal for USD 20 billion payable in 10 years. In the same period, China granted USD 10 billion in loans to Brazil and Argentina.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
The price of a package of precooked corn flour used to make corn cakes called arepas, a staple food in Venezuela, has been regulated at VEB 19, but production cost exceeds VEB 26. At present both state-run and private plants face the same difficulty of having to produce at a loss. But that's just one of the many obstacles facing those involved in putting the arepa on the Venezuelans plate.