Venezuela with the worst business climate in the region
According to the Getulio Vargas Foundation's report on Latin America, Venezuela recorded a setback
In the so-called Economic Climate Indicator of Latin America in January, Venezuela reached 1.5 points, way below the region's average (5.5 points) and that of Paraguay and Peru, 7 points.
Venezuela's indicator implies a setback with respect to the third quarter of 2012, when the country obtained 3.4 points.
Unlike Venezuela, the region's reported average (5.5 points) by January is the best in the last 18 months, except for Ecuador and Bolivia, whose business climates are similar to that of Venezuela.
Venezuela's economy has been mainly characterized in recent years by the implementation of different controls in the private sector. Obstacles such as difficulties to buy US dollars, price regulations on food and other products, as well as expropriations in different areas are just some of the aspects undermining the country's business climate.
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.