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
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.