Venezuelan gov't investigates the recipients of US dollars through Sitme
Bank of America forecasts a system to sell US dollars in cash
The system allowed companies to buy US dollars through a bond sale market. According to the regulations, only the importers of products not listed as priority goods could apply for US dollars at Sitme. As for the importers of listed products, the request for foreign currency should be made at the Foreign Exchange Administration Commission (Cadivi).
Auditors currently seek companies that requested US dollars from Sitme to import priority goods, as well as companies that eventually did not import the products for which they were sold US dollars.
The authorities are also probing importers which sought US dollars via Sitme after having been refused a certificate stating that the products to be imported were not produced at home. Is that illegal? There are no regulations for such matter and some banks approved applications that could now be challenged.
US dollars delivered via Cadivi are also subject to auditing.
Sources of the central bank reckon that the Government may come up with a substitute of Sitme and measures to relax the US dollar sale.
Likewise, a report compiled by Bank of America forecasts a system whereby US dollars in cash may be sold to enterprises.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.