The latest figures show that the country’s total tax revenue almost doubled in the first three months of 2015 thanks to government efforts to tighten up a progressive taxation system over the past 6 months.
Venezuelan Vice-President Jorge Arreaza met with his Uruguayan counterpart Raul Sendic yesterday to discuss a new trade deal that will see Venezuela export oil to its Southern Cone neighbor in exchange for agricultural products, including rice, chicken, and dairy items.
The head of state also asked Education Minister, Hector Rodriguez, to draw up a “special education programme” to introduce Venezuelan children in primary and secondary education to the writer’s principle ideas.
The wives of jailed opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma arrived in the Chilean capital on Sunday with the objective of meeting with president Michelle Bachelet, but were not received.
Victims of last year’s barricades and their family members have poured scorn on what they describe as a “premeditated” decision to exclude them from the OAS Summit of the America’s Forum on Civil Society and Social Actors.
A group of former heads of state issued a joint statement Thursday accusing Venezuela of human rights abuses, even though many of the signatories have themselves faced allegations of committing human rights violations while in office.
A top U.S. envoy was in Caracas on Wednesday where he met with Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro as well as Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodrguez. The diplomat also made use of his stay in the country to meet with representatives from the Venezuelan opposition coalition, the Roundtable of Democratic Unity (MUD), on Thursday morning.
Both Cuba and Venezuela have withdrawn from the 7th Summit of the Americas’ Civil Society Forum, which began in Panama yesterday, after a number of counter-revolutionary and terrorist Cubans were invited to the event. One of the summit attendees is the ex-CIA official, Félix Rodríguez Mendigutía, notorious for his role in the assassination of Argentinian revolutionary, Ernesto “Che” Guevara.