Venezuelan Government vows to "fight speculation"
Venezuela's Minister of Industries Ricardo Menéndez denounced "cowardly campaigns launched by some sectors of the oligarchy," against the adjustment in the foreign exchange rate
The minister denounced "cowardly campaigns launched by some sectors of the oligarchy," against the recent monetary adjustment. Menéndez claimed that the decision to devalue the local currency was based on "sovereignty, and it is different from the decisions made in the 1990s," when the Venezuelan governments "kneeled down before the International Monetary Fund (IMF)."
Menéndez also outlined the different projects on "productive development" that will continue or will be kicked off in Guyana's basic industries (southeast Venezuela). He stressed that significant resources for this purpose both in bolivars and US dollars have been already approved at the meeting of the Council of Ministers held last Friday.
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.