Venezuelan gov't establishes Higher Agency for Upgrade of Exchange System
At the head offices of the Foreign Exchange Management Committee (Cadivi), and together with the president of the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV), Nelson Merentes, and Minister of Petroleum and Mining Rafael Ramírez, Minister Giordani disclosed that by Wednesday after Carnival a great deal of the works intended to streamline the exchange system will be done, following the economic steps announced on Friday.
He underlined that a blueprint will be outlined for the appropriate use of foreign currency, "according to our priorities." The scheme will be submitted to President Hugo Chávez.
A shipment of over 30,000 tons of phosphate arrived at Puerto Cabello port in late July on board the Shi Long Ling, a Chinese-flagged vessel that began its long journey in northern Africa. The cargo boat docked on July 26 after traveling more than 3,200 nautical miles. Undoubtedly, this would just be considered one in many cargo ships crisscrossing the oceans if it were not for the fact that Venezuela has denounced Western Sahara occupation by Morocco and yet purchases the territory's natural resource products from the occupying power.