Central Bank avows that demand of foreign currency overtakes supply
Since demand is higher than supply, there are queues at the Transaction System for Foreign Currency Denominated Securities (Sitme)
The senior officer vouched that the Foreign Exchange Administration Board (Cadivi) has kept on dealing with all applications. Thus far this year, for instance, USD 2 billion has been apportioned among travelers.
Nevertheless, he did allow a different situation concerning the Transaction System for Foreign Currency Denominated Securities (Sitme). In his own words, since the demand of foreign currency is higher than supply, queues are formed in the scheme.
With regard to a potential devaluation of the local currency, "some topics are not discussed publicly, but between the Executive Office and the Bank. It is not being discussed and cannot be discussed," the BCV president said, as quoted by private news TV channel Globovisión.
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.