Venezuelan Government formalizes changes in foreign exchange policy
The Higher Agency for Upgrade of the Exchange System -established under Decree 9,381- is the body that is to govern the exchange policy above the Foreign Exchange Administration Board (Cadivi).
The Official Gazette No. 40,108 of February 13, 2013 also included the Exchange Agreement No. 14, following the decision to devalue the Venezuelan currency from VEB 4.30 per US dollar to VEB 6.30 per US dollar.
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.