Venezuelan oil basket up USD 106.99
In a week it shot up USD 2.07, according to data supplied by the ministry
Last week rebound stood for USD 1.97%, as in the previous week, the Venezuelan oil basket was traded at USD 104.92 per barrel.
"The prices of most crude oils ended the week upwards mainly due to optimism as to the performance of the global economy and geopolitical strained situation in the Middle East," the ministry broke down.
Thus far this year, the Venezuelan crude oil basket averages USD 103.20 per barrel.
Let us start by looking at what appears to be a discrepancy in figures. According to official statistics, the number of Venezuelans contracting HIV/AIDS every year amounts to 11,699; and as per Ministry of Health figures 43,805 people receive free antiretroviral medications. But Jhonatan Rodríguez, the president of ONG StopVIH, claims that these figures date back to March 2012, and that they are quoted as current figures.