Venezuelan swap market expected by 2014
Datanálisis thinks resistance to devaluation must be overcome inside the Government
León said it would take from two to six months to complete a process that not only includes the general layout of the mechanism, but also making the legal reforms that shall be approved in Parliament, for instance, the Law against Related Exchange Offenses.
Datanálisis has suggested overcoming "ideological resistance" including that of Planning Minister Jorge Giordani, who along with many others believe the forex market shall be governed by foreign exchange controls and models such as the Foreign Exchange Administration Commission (Cadivi) and the Ancillary Foreign Currency Administration System (Sicad), therefore increasing State intervention in the economy.
Further, León explained that "decision making in the economic area with a political impact in the short term is very difficult. The Government does not want to be punished by the population due to a significant devaluation (prior to the local election) and then being held accountable for both inflation and shortage, which will take place anyway, as devaluation will not solve them."
A simple reason: there is oil galore, would suffice to explain Guyana's actions. Another explanation lies in the little or none efforts made by the Venezuelan government to thwart the move by the Guyanese. This is certainly not a new problem, but a problem only recently highlighted because oil is involved. But what other resources does the disputed area hold? For most of us it is a section on the map with black and white stripes on it, a depiction of something distant, alien, a nothingness not worth paying much attention to in geography classes back in elementary school.