Venezuela in negotiation with China on a five-billion-dollar loan
The president of the Economic and Social Development Bank of Venezuela (Bandes) reports
"We are advancing in the negotiations; we are having another meeting in Caracas in two weeks, which is very likely to reach the goal: signing a new loan. We look forward to boost Chinese financing a bit higher. That is what we are negotiating at this point," Porras told journalists.
"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.