Venezuelan Government clings to economic controls after 10 years
There will be further foreign exchange controls and price regulations
In addition to devaluation, Planning and Finance Minister Jorge Giordani announced on February 8 the incorporation of the Higher Agency for Upgrade of Exchange System. The new institution aims at monitoring in depth the sale of US dollars to companies.
However, economic moves are to come in areas other than the foreign exchange market. Other steps may include widening the scope of price regulations, some government officials have warned.
For instance, Food Minister Carlos Osorio remarked recently that the Government has no intention of lifting price controls. "We are rather going to reinforce regulations. If we have to regulate other products, we will. We will keep on protecting people."
Additionally, the Superintendence of Costs and Prices (Sundecop) announced that it will soon set the selling prices for drugs, among other products.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
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.