Venezuelan Ministry of Finance places 97% of 2012 debt
In July, additional indebtedness for VEB 30 billion (USD 7 billion) was approved for payment of pensions and labor liabilities
The Venezuelan government has speeded up bond issuance and placed 97% of the 2012 total scheduled indebtedness.
According to figures of the Ministry of Planning and Finance, out of the total scheduled indebtedness, which totals VEB 94.5 billion (USD 21.97 billion), bonds worth VEB 91.8 billion (USD 21.38 billion) have been issued until October 26, which represent 97% of total debt.
The Venezuelan Central Government initially estimated indebtedness at VEB 64.5 billion (USD 14.99 billion). However, in July, additional indebtedness for VEB 30 billion (USD 7 billion) was approved for payment of pensions and labor liabilities.
Further, the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) informed on Thursday in a press release that the bonds auction program of the fourth quarter of 2012 has ended.
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.