Venezuelan forex board allocates USD 33 billion in 2012
The granted foreign currency records a 5.6% hike versus 2011
Imports were granted USD 26.01 billion, including USD 18.17 in regular imports, the Venezuelan government agency broke down.
Furthermore, USD 1.46 billion was authorized for financial operations; USD 3.33 billion for credit cards and USD 2.34 for miscellaneous.
Let us start by looking at what appears to be a discrepancy in figures. According to official statistics, the number of Venezuelans contracting HIV/AIDS every year amounts to 11,699; and as per Ministry of Health figures 43,805 people receive free antiretroviral medications. But Jhonatan Rodríguez, the president of ONG StopVIH, claims that these figures date back to March 2012, and that they are quoted as current figures.