Cubans fear crisis due to Chávez's health condition
Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina expressed his support to his Venezuelan counterpart
"Today Venezuela resembles what the Soviet Union was for many years until 1990. The only difference is that if (Venezuelan) aid is cut off, the consequences will be devastating because Cuban infrastructure is currently in worse conditions," Cuban opposition economist Oscar Espinosa Chepe told AFP.
"At the international market price, how could Cuba pay for the 100,000 oil barrels per day" it imports from Venezuela, Espinosa Chepe wondered.
For his part, Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina expressed his support to his Venezuelan counterpart and prayed for Chávez's health.
The price of a package of precooked corn flour used to make corn cakes called arepas, a staple food in Venezuela, has been regulated at VEB 19, but production cost exceeds VEB 26. At present both state-run and private plants face the same difficulty of having to produce at a loss. But that's just one of the many obstacles facing those involved in putting the arepa on the Venezuelans plate.