Venezuelan gov't adjusts range of oil prices
Venezuela's oil minister said that the revision of the Law on Oil Windfall Revenues will lead to a higher sale of US dollars to the Central Bank of Venezuela, more resources for social development and less money for the National Development Fund
The senior official said that the action entails "increasing contributions to lower tensions in the speculative sector." Based on estimates produced by state-owned oil company Pdvsa, the US dollar sale has climbed to USD 2.4 billion.
Ramírez commented that a set of actions were on their way and would be announced in the days ahead.
The oil minister said that the revision will allow for further allocations of funds for social development and the treasury. This is a step forward in the sale and distribution of US dollars, Ramírez noted.
Upon the implementation of this measure, fewer oil revenues will be allocated to the National Development Fund (Fonden), fueling in this way the central bank's international reserves.
With reporting by Mayela Armas H.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.