UN forecasts economic growth in Venezuela at 2.5% in 2013
The economy of Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to grow 3.9% in 2013 and 4.4% in 2014, a United Nations report suggested
This means, however, an improvement considering the noticeable deceleration in the yearly growth of the region's gross world product (GWP), which stood at 3.1% in 2012 as against 4.3% in 2011 and 6% in 2010.
The report indicated that Brazil's economic growth in the next two years will stand at 4% in 2013 and 4.4% in 2014.
Likewise, the economic prospects for 2013 in other countries is as follows: Panama, 7.5%; Paraguay, 6.9%; Peru, 5.8%; Dominican Republic, 4.7%; Bolivia, 4.7%; Chile, 4.6%, Colombia, 4.5%; Ecuador, 4.4%; Costa Rica, 4.4%; Uruguay, 4.2%; and Nicaragua, 4.2%.
The countries reporting growth below average (3.9%) are the following: Mexico, 3.8%; Guatemala, 3.7%; Honduras, 3.5%; Cuba, 3.5%; Argentina, 3.2%; Venezuela, 2.5%; El Salvador, 2.2%.
The report also highlights the effects of the drop of Latin American exports attributed to the crisis in the US and Europe. Export in the first half of 2011 grew 28%, compared to only 4% in the same period of 2012.
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.