Venezuela's deficit estimated at USD 11.40 billion
Additional revenues are partly offsetting financial imbalances
The report on the economic and financial impact of the reform of Law on Special Contribution for Windfall and Exorbitant Oil Prices reveals that the central Government faces a gap between income and expenditure early this year of USD 11.40 billion.
It is highlighted that the additional funds resulting from the change in the distribution of the oil windfall tax will be partially oriented to reduce the deficit.
The report produced by the Venezuelan National Assembly is based on the figures provided by the oil industry. The document shows that the tax reform guarantees some USD 2.24 billion to the Treasury -"an amount that allows reducing part of the deficit and avoiding the need to take on new debts."
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."