VenAmCham's chair: Uncertainty will prevail in 2013 in Venezuela
Talks will be fundamental for unity among Venezuelans
The Venezuelan outlook "is complicated," Marturet noted as he explained a similar situation is taking place at the international level. "We are going through a global situation. I mean, five years ago, we would not have foresee that Europe would be crippled from the economic standpoint or that the United States would face a recession, even though it appears to be near the end; or that emerging economies would perform so good."
As for Venezuela, however, "It is going to be a year of many expectations and lot of uncertainty," VenAmCham's chair said within the framework of a Regular General Meeting of the bilateral organization. "Appraising and looking down on the horizon will be necessary. However, it appears clear that we will keep on being an oil exporting country and we need to boost production," which has been shed in recent years. It is also essential to invest in new technologies in the oil sector. Venezuela "cannot miss this if it wants to maintain its position."
Marturet also noted it is pivotal for companies to "have a clear panorama of the foreign exchange rate, economic growth, and labor." However, he underscored the importance of "engaging in a dialog. We, Venezuelans, live in two different countries. A dialog is vital for us to unite."
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.