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.
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.