Sales of US dollars to the health sector drop 13.5% in 2012
Venezuela's Foreign Exchange Administration Commission (Cadivi) prioritized the sale of US dollars to the food sector, which amounted to USD 7.2 billion, a 15% increase as against 2011
Cadivi data reveals that the largest amount of US dollar was oriented to food and machinery, while a smaller portion (USD 4.01 billion) was sold to the health sector, which recorded a 13.5% setback with respect to 2011 (USD 4.6 billion).
Spokespersons of the health sector informed this week that restrictions imposed by the Venezuelan Government throughout 2012 hit liquidity, causing delays to pay suppliers and hitting domestic supply in turn.
Likewise, the sale of US dollars to the automobile sector declined 14%, from USD 3.1 billion in 2011 to USD 2.6 billion in 2012.
Based on Cadivi data, priority was given to the food sector, which received USD 7.2 billion, 15% higher than in 2011 (USD 6.3 billion). Despite the higher amount of US dollars sold to this sector, the approval of the relevant sales was slow.
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.