Venezuela reports 5.5% growth in the last quarter of 2012
According to the central bank, the performance in the fourth quarter was the result of a 3.7% and 5.6% growth of the value added of the public and private sectors, respectively
The Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) reported on Tuesday a 5.5% growth of the gross domestic product (GDP) in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to the same quarter in 2011.
Including the economic growth recorded in the first nine months of 2012, Venezuela's annual growth in 2012 hit 5.6%, the central bank said in a communiqué.
The leap recorded in the fourth quarter was the result of a 3.7% and 5.6% growth of the value added of the public and private sectors, respectively.
A shipment of over 30,000 tons of phosphate arrived at Puerto Cabello port in late July on board the Shi Long Ling, a Chinese-flagged vessel that began its long journey in northern Africa. The cargo boat docked on July 26 after traveling more than 3,200 nautical miles. Undoubtedly, this would just be considered one in many cargo ships crisscrossing the oceans if it were not for the fact that Venezuela has denounced Western Sahara occupation by Morocco and yet purchases the territory's natural resource products from the occupying power.