Central bank assistance to state-run Pdvsa stands at USD 29 billion
Assistance over the last 12 months has spiked to 79%
By October 26, the BCV had allocated USD 29 billion to Pdvsa, compared to only USD 16.2 billion during the same period in 2011.
During October this year, the financial aid amounted to USD 30.4 billion. Although by the end of that month the oil company had arranged to pay its liabilities, it only reduced its debts by USD 1.3 billion.
The BCV began providing financial assistance in the first half of 2010 when it received promissory notes that Pdvsa had issued to the National Treasury. Since then, financial assistance has not stopped.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.