Venezuela's 5.2% economic growth attributed to heavy public expenditure
Government expenses boosted trade, services, and construction sectors
The information was disclosed by the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV), which outlined that higher government expenditure (7%) and higher private consumption (7.8%) led to growth in public construction, trade, and services. However, in key manufacturing areas, further setbacks were reported and the fall in production was offset by imports.
During the presentation of Venezuela's economic results in the third quarter of the year, Planning and Finance Minister Jorge Giordani asserted, "We have entered a new steady and sustained expansion period, and we have been able to exceed the five percent goal set for this year." After showing some figures, the minister praised only the administration of some sectors heavily dependent on public funds.
During the presentation, the BCV admitted that favorable results were due to "greater supply of goods and private and public funding for construction."
Indeed, the construction sector grew 12.6% in the third quarter, with the public construction sector climbing 18.8% due to the construction of new homes.
Regarding manufacturing, the BCV remarked that the sector grew 3% due to a higher production of paper, wood, furniture, textiles, and rubber. Nonetheless, poor results were reported in key areas. Production of food, automobiles, machinery, and electric devices turned out to be negative.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.