Sales of US dollars to the health sector drop 13.5% in 2012
Venezuela's Foreign Exchange Administration Commission (Cadivi) prioritized the sale of US dollars to the food sector, which amounted to USD 7.2 billion, a 15% increase as against 2011
Cadivi data reveals that the largest amount of US dollar was oriented to food and machinery, while a smaller portion (USD 4.01 billion) was sold to the health sector, which recorded a 13.5% setback with respect to 2011 (USD 4.6 billion).
Spokespersons of the health sector informed this week that restrictions imposed by the Venezuelan Government throughout 2012 hit liquidity, causing delays to pay suppliers and hitting domestic supply in turn.
Likewise, the sale of US dollars to the automobile sector declined 14%, from USD 3.1 billion in 2011 to USD 2.6 billion in 2012.
Based on Cadivi data, priority was given to the food sector, which received USD 7.2 billion, 15% higher than in 2011 (USD 6.3 billion). Despite the higher amount of US dollars sold to this sector, the approval of the relevant sales was slow.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
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.