Venezuelan Congress seeks reform of law on oil windfall revenues
The bill submitted by the Venezuelan Parliament's Secretariat was okayed by the Finance Committee with no modifications whatsoever
The proposal was approved with no objections whatsoever. Ruling party legislators in the finance committee suggested holding a second discussion in the plenary session.
Opposition deputies, however, claimed that the bill failed to comply with all the constitutional procedures of public consultation. They argued that it was only posted on the National Assembly's website on Tuesday, and that the financial contributions set forth in the reform are intended to create a fund similar to the National Development Fund (Fonden), rather than establish a savings fund to prevent any macroeconomic disturbances.
The second reading of the bill is taking place on Wednesday afternoon in a special meeting convened for such purpose.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
"Cocoa is to Venezuelans what wine is to the French," says Alejandro Prosperi, head of the Venezuelan Chamber of Cocoa, using this simile to express the paramount importance or the cocoa industry for the country. Often times heralded as "the best cocoa in the world," a passion for quality dating back to the sixteenth century has made Venezuelan cocoa growers to enjoy high prestige at international level and their product to be among the most sought-after in the world.