"Inflation is a pain in the neck," BCV President concedes
"No country can anticipate any step," the official cautioned
For this reason, he suggested an increase of public and private production. "Speculation must be fought (...) There is the need to be more efficient in food distribution."
The Venezuelan government set an inflation goal of 20-22% this year. Through November, the national annualized price index stood at 18%. Government authorities did not disclose the year results.
Merentes promised to keep on striving in 2013 towards one-digit inflation. However, he warned, "the public will feel less inflationary pressure only after 10 years with one-digit index."
On a potential economic upregulation, the BCV president commented that "no country in the world can anticipate measures. Whoever anticipates it makes a mistake. Economy has its own rules."
At first she agreed that I use her real name, that she had no problems with that at all. After all, living with HIV had driven her to help others – as a workshop facilitator giving talks and conducting seminars, or as a volunteer for local AIDS Service Organizations like Acción Solidaria (Solidary Action) and Mujeres Unidas por la Salud (Women United for Health, or Musa), a support group network for HIV-positive women. But when we were well into the interview, the realization that she might lose her private health insurance coverage made her change her mind.