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Five New Laws Passed to Provide Stronger Social Support and Undermine Corruption in Venezuela

Maduro announced five new laws that were passed via the Enabling Law (AVN).

President Maduro passed five new laws yesterday in an attempt to create a stronger social safety net in the face of ongoing economic difficulty within Venezuela. The five laws, encouraging employment, creating greater guarantees in existing social programs, strengthening the power of communal councils and community financing, and increasing the rate of food subsidies, were all passed via the Enabling Law, which allows the President limited lawmaking  for a temporary period.

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Venezuelan Coffee Plant Marks 5 Years since Nationalisation

Fama de America workers at an event to mark 5 years since the company’s nationalisation earlier this week (Angélica Barreto /

Venezuelan coffee company Fama de America this week marked five years since it was nationalised.

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Unasur Bids Maduro Seek Economic Solutions, Colombia Suspends Mercosur Visas to Venezuelans

Parliament of Mercosur Summit in Uruguay on Monday. (Prensa AN)

During a visit to Brasilia yesterday, Ernesto Samper, general secretary of Unasur (Union of South American Nations), bid the Venezuelan government settle internal matters and stimulate economic growth, in the interest of regional progress.

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Venezuelan Government Launches Operation to Meet Christmas Consumption Spike

The government’s Christmas fair opening in the eastern state of Monagas at the weekend (Prensa Gobernación de Monagas)

The administration of President Nicolas Maduro has begun an operation to ensure plentiful stocks and affordable prices in the run up to Christmas.

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1.395 Arrested in Venezuelan Anti-Smuggling Operation

The distribution to hospitals of hoarded medical supplies discovered in two large warehouses last week has begun (archive)

As part of an on-going operation against the hoarding and smuggling of basic goods, Venezuelan authorities have reported that a total of 1,395 people have been arrested for contraband activities.

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Maduro Announces Tougher Measures on Smugglers of Food and Medical Supplies in Venezuela

Thousands of tons of medical equipment were found in a warehouse in Tejería in the central state of Aragua.  Government officia

The measures were announced on Thursday following the seizure of two large warehouses jam-packed with basic goods and medicines that were destined for Colombia, authorities say.

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Venezuelan Government Unveils 2015 Budget, Anticipates Drop in Oil Prices

Venezuelan finance minister Rodolfo Marco Torres presented the 2015 budget on Tuesday. (@RMarcoTorres)

On Tuesday, Venezuelan finance minister Rodolfo Marco Torres presented the outline of the 2015 government budget, which features heightened investment in pension programs, healthcare, and university expansion.

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Authorities Investigate 190 Companies for Currency Exchange Fraud in Venezuela

The South American country has maintained currency exchange controls since 2003 in order to prevent capital flight and plan the

Venezuelan authorities are investigating 190 companies for suspected fraudulent use of preferential dollars granted for product imports.

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Venezuelan Calls for OPEC to Respond to Sliding Oil Prices

Oil rigs in the Orinoco Delta, home to the world's largest oil reserves. (AVN)

Venezuelan foreign minister Rafael Ramirez alerted press Friday that his cabinet has “received instructions from the president to request an extraordinary OPEC meeting.” Ramirez was the head of state-owned petroleum corporation PDVSA until a September cabinet shakeup.

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Venezuela Takes Over Clorox Factory

Workers gather in assembly to discuss their plans to reactivate the factory (Reuters).

After Clorox's official decision to cease production and sales in Venezuela, workers have taken over the abandoned factory with government support.

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Venezuelan Government Announces Funds to Combat Mosquito Borne Diseases & Medical Shortages

Last week the government launched an intensified national strategy against the mosquito borne diseases, including fumigations an

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has announced investments of US $805 million to fight the dengue and chikungunya diseases, combat medical shortages, and improve the country’s healthcare sector.

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As Wall Street Speculates on Venezuelan Debt, China Invests in Housing Projects

Chinese presient Xi Jinping with Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, in July (Xinhua/Zuma Press)

Over the weekend Beijing funneled another US$2 billion into the Joint Chinese-Venezuela Fund, for use in Venezuelan government’s ever-advancing housing mission. This morning the US finance journal Bloomberg fueled investors’ fears of default by claiming hedge funds are circling to fill in “a vacuum” in Venezuela’s bonds.

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Maduro Announces the Creation of the Communal Development Bank

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. (AVN)

On Tuesday, President Maduro announced the creation of the Communal Development Bank and the Presidential Council of Popular Communes as a new structure to bolster local popular power.

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Fuel Trafficking Decreases 53% in Venezuela

Venezuela's Vice-President Jorge Arreza (Photo: Reuters)

Venezuela's vice-president Jorge Arreaza said on Saturday that fuel trafficking in the country decreased 53 percent during 2014. Government said the decrease is result of program “Zero trafficking”.

 

 

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Venezuela’s PDVSA Discusses Sale of Citgo as Central Bank Reports Drop in Inflation

A Citgo gas station in Chicago, USA. (Wikimedia Commons/Sdi-jr)

Yesterday the Venezuelan Central Bank reported that inflation has dropped steadily from 5.7% in May of 2014 to 3.9% in the month of August, representing 63.4% accumulated inflation since August of last year. Now under new management, state-owned oil and gas company PDVSA is reportedly seeking US$10 billion dollars for the sale of the Citgo Petroleum Corporation.

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