Reform of the law on oil windfall revenues enacted
Upon the reform of the law, the Central Bank of Venezuela will receive additionally USD 2.47 billion in oil revenue
The reform, passed at a special meeting at the National Assembly on Wednesday, provides that oil-related contributions to the National Development Fund (Fonden) shall be made whenever the price of the oil barrel exceeds USD 80, rather than USD 70, as provided before the reform. Consequently, Venezuelan state-owned oil company Pdvsa and the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) will receive a higher flow of petrodollars.
Official estimates indicate that the sale of US dollars to the central bank will spike to USD 2.47 billion this year because of the reform. Meanwhile, Pdvsa will manage additional USD 1.6 billion.
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.