Moody's changes forecast on Venezuela's Pdvsa bonds
State-run oil company Pdvsa's debt bonds were downgraded to negative amidst uncertainty over a political succession of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez
However, Moody's has reaffirmed both Venezuela's B1-B2 oil industry bond ratings in local currency and foreign currency, respectively.
"Actions concerning the rating of Venezuela's bonds express the growing uncertainty amid the political succession of President (Hugo) Chávez, and the impact of a looming transition in civil order, the economy, and a visibly deteriorated fiscal position," Moody's explained in a statement cited by Reuters.
"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.