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
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.