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.
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.