Venezuelan finance minister does not rule out substitute for Sitme
The minister says he spoke to President Hugo Chávez last December 28
The finance minister stated that Sitme "had to come to an end" because "it was fed inadequately through two sources: government and state-owned oil company Pdvsa's indebtedness."
Giordani admitted that Venezuela's devaluation will have inflationary effects, and indicated that the rise in the price of some products had been reported prior to the adoption of the economic measure. "We have been hit (by inflation) in the latest months, namely October, November, December, and even January..."
"Inflation is associated with a problem in domestic output; it is vital to produce because there is demand," he noted.
Giordani asserted that he has been in contact with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, particularly last December 28 when Chávez called him asking specific questions about all the economic actions.
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.