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Higher oil prices will alleviate Venezuela’s economic crisis – official
March 12, 2017, 9:21 am

Venezuelans attend a book fair in the capital Caracas. Many say they cannot afford the most basic daily staples due to surging inflation [Xinhua]

Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Jesus Faria told business leaders during a summit in the western state of Zulia that the government expects an inflow of up to $10 billion due to a rise in oil prices in the last two quarters.

“Oil prices have gone up, and an additional 8-10 billion US dollars will come in, thanks to President Maduro’s oil policies,” Faria said, alluding to Venezuela’s push in the past 18 months to convince OPEC and non-OPEC members to curb production output.

International benchmark Brent Crude hit $57 a barrel in early March on the heels of sustained production cuts by OPEC giant Saudi Arabia as well as non-OPEC member Russia. The two countries are the biggest oil exporters in the world.

Oil prices, however, have fallen to just above $51 a barrel.

Venezuela has been unable to sufficiently import its most basic needs as the drastic drop in oil prices since 2014 has created an enormous financial shortfall. Oil revenues have fallen from nearly $90 billion to about $20 billion as foreign debt has mushroomed to around $140 billion.

Venezuela, like some emerging economies, has based nearly its entire GDP growth on oil exports. With an oil glut now entering its third year, the International Monetary Fund forecasts that inflation in 2016 will hit more than 720 per cent and that the economy will contract by 8 per cent.

Some analysts say the inflation rate could hit as high as 1,700 per cent in 2017.

The crisis has led the government to opening the border crossings with neighboring countries such as Colombia, to allow desperate Venezuelans to cross over and purchase their dietary and medicinal needs that have gone absent from the shelves back home.

most Venezuelans who have struggled for the past year as low global oil prices saw the country’s fortunes dwindle.

In just the past year, food protests have increased exponentially as prices skyrocketed.

The crime rate has soared with violent robberies taking place including hundreds of looting incidents.

Venezuelans now face multiple daily power outages while businesses shut down and factory output drops significantly.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies

One Response to Higher oil prices will alleviate Venezuela’s economic crisis – official

  1. Will Reply

    March 13, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    DELUSIONAL ! ! !
    Venezuelan government is so far removed from the reality of their bad governance, its laughable. To come close to a balanced budget, oil NOW must close above $211 (WTI). Remember more than 36% of ALL pdvsa oil leaving the country goes to pay for oil debts & WTI used for cracking crude, as well as payment for refined diesel.
    Venezuela DID NOT voluntarily cut 90,000 in daily production to be a better opec member; they didn’t cut at all. The ONLY thing that happened is their benchmark for production was lowered by 90,000 daily; Thus, because theyre so far below that output, lowering the benchmark only does 1 thing; Makes pdvsa look more efficient

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