Increased central bank aid to Venezuelan state companies
The Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) allocated some USD 222.64 million to the state industries in just one month
Data from the BCV reveals that by December 2012 the financial assistance given to public firms amounted to USD 2.46 billion. In other words, some USD 222.64 million was given to public institutions by the BCV in just one month, up 9%.
Such behavior reveals that the central bank is printing more bills to meet the needs of state-owned companies. Analysts pointed out that the financial assistance given by the BCV aims at bridging gaps in the public sector.
Sources have reported that the deficit in the public sector may amount to 11-15% of the gross domestic product.
While the central bank aid to public companies soars, Pdvsa is reducing its liabilities to the financial institution.
BCV's data shows that the oil giant has paid a portion of its liabilities, thus reducing its debt by 4%.
By the end of December 2012, financial aid accounted for USD 26.30 billion and ended in January at USD 25.27 billion. However, since 2010, the oil company has been paying and taken on further credits.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
The can of tuna, formerly a fairly normal pantry staple, has long been missing from stores in Venezuela, especially the domestic brands. When tuna cans, imported or domestic, do occasionally show up on store shelves, prices have increased several fold.