Pdvsa's contribution to the Treasury climbs to 5% in 2012 only
Last year, Venezuela's state-run oil company Pdvsa's resources to feed the budget amounted to USD 19.9 billion
In a statement, the oil industry informed having allocated via royalties, dividends and income taxes some USD 19.9 billion as against USD 19 billion recorded in 2011.
Although the Venezuelan oil basket yearly average in 2013 was USD 100 per barrel, the oil company has managed to raise its contributions to the central Government via other sources different from the ordinary budget, which is intended to feed the budget.
Indeed, since 2011, Pdvsa has been directing a portion of its revenues to social-production plans. In 2011, the Executive Office modified the legal framework to secure further funds for such special programs.
Analysts have pointed out that whenever there are more resources in the parallel funds, the Executive has more chances to expend them. In the meantime, all the needs arising from the ordinary budget are met with additional credits.
According to Pdvsa's data, the company's contribution to welfare programs, including housing, amounted to 40.3 billion in 2012, similarly to that in 2011.
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.