Venezuela's deficit down almost 50% upon devaluation
The gap between income and expenditure went down from 5.5% to 3.3% of the gross domestic product
Upon devaluation, Information and Communication Minister Ernesto Villegas posted on his Twitter account that the Government's deficit slipped from 5.5% to 3.3% of the gross domestic product, thus dropping 2.2 points.
Although authorities have provided very few details about the Government's financial performance, only now they conceded that the gap between income and expenses widened in 2012.
Even though the Venezuelan oil price exceeded the USD 100 ceiling public debt soared, spending skyrocketed amid presidential and gubernatorial elections in 2012.
Despite the current gap, there are no signals that public spending would be cut. In January 2013, the Government increased expenditure by 67% over the previous year.
Think tank Ecoanalítica asserted that the forex rate adjustment from VEB 4.30 to VEB 6.30 per US dollar would yield more bolivars per petrodollars. Based on the firm's estimates, the Government will receive additional USD 13.4 billion this year.
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.